NEEDHAM, Mass. — On Saturday, August 1, more than 10,000 participants, including 22 participants from West Hartford, will virtually take part in the reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute according to an email from organizers.

The organization’s traditional ride, which typically includes 12 routes spanning 25 to 192 miles over the first weekend of every August, will be transformed into a virtual experience on Saturday, August 1, following an Opening Ceremonies television broadcast to kick things off on Friday, July 31. PMC 2020 Reimagined will remotely bring together thousands of riders, volunteers, donors and supporters from around the globe to virtually celebrate the spirit of PMC weekend while making an unparalleled impact on the fight against cancer. Many participate to honor a family member or friend who has battled cancer, while more than 940 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves — considered Living Proof of the progress made in cancer research and treatment.

“As we prepare for PMC 2020 Reimagined, we are grateful for the continued support from our growing community,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “It is thanks to the unwavering passion and commitment of our riders, volunteers, donors and sponsors that the PMC can continue to make tangible impact on advancements in cancer research and treatment, even through this difficult time. We look forward to having old and new participants join us on August 1, bound together by our dream of a world without cancer.”

While this year’s PMC will be different in its execution, the organization and its community remains fully committed to its fundraising efforts in support of life-saving cancer research, treatment and care at Dana-Farber. One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber through the its fundraising arm, the Jimmy Fund, accounting for more than 57 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue In 2019, the PMC donated a record-breaking $63 million to Dana-Farber, bringing it’s 40-year contribution to more than $717 million.

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation. To make a financial contribution to a rider from your town or to become a virtual rider, visit, or call (800) WE-CYCLE. Connect with #PMC2020 #PMCReimagined on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you to the following participants from West Hartford:

David Boers

Bryan Cote

Kevin Duprey

Isabelle Haslam

Moira Honyotski

John Kinney

Shea Kinney

Jack Kinney

Patrick Kinney

Evan Levy

Coleman Levy

William Pennoyer

John Roche

Katherine Scanlon

Laurie Silverman

Christopher Torla

Chris Vossler

Steven Wexler

Christine Bartus

Amanda Kanaga

William Kanaga

Jennifer Pennoyer

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