Pan-Mass Challenge raises $50 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Pan-Mass Challenge raises $50 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Pan-Mass Challenge has announced a $50 million gift to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of adult and pediatric cancer research and patient care. 

Forced by the pandemic to cancel its annual two-day cycling event, which raises funds for Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund, the organization launched PMC 2020 Reimagined, a summer-long virtual fundraising campaign that attracted ninety-six hundred participants. The $50 million gift total includes $4 million that was fast-tracked to Dana-Farber in May to kickstart a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for patients and their families, and major gifts totaling about $8 million from donors who were inspired by the PMC community.

Sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation, PMC donates 100 percent of the funds raised to Dana-Farber and is the institute's largest single donor, accounting for more than 64 percent of the Jimmy Fund's revenue.

"The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to many aspects of our daily lives this year — but cancer stops for nothing, and the PMC refuses to stop either," said PMC founder and executive director Billy Starr. "I am incredibly proud of our community's resiliency and dedication to our mission, which resulted in a very impactful $50 million gift that will support lifesaving cancer research and treatment as we continue to navigate this public health crisis."

"This year more than ever, I am extremely grateful for the unwavering commitment from the Pan-Mass Challenge and its riders, volunteers, and donors," said Dana-Farber president and CEO Laurie H. Glimcher. "The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unexpected challenges for the cancer community, and this incredibly generous gift will make an unparalleled impact on our work in the fight against cancer."