Next month Pan-Mass Challenge, the world’s largest single athletic fundraiser, is seeking to raise $ 52 million – and one brewery in New England will borrow support by selling its flagship beer.
Until August 15, when there are enough supplies, the Harpoon IPA bottles will have similar stories for the three riders, who have each supported the race for more than a decade:
- Glynn Hawley, of Natick, Massachusetts, has ridden, volunteered and worked at PMC for 27 years. He initially signed up as a challenge with friends until the ride became much more personal: “Since 1995, I have been treated for cancer, I have had friends and family who have had cancer, and I lost my nephew Conor to leukemia in 2017.”
- Jaime Schier, of Hudson, Massachusetts, and a 21-year-old Harpoon worker have ridden for 19 years. “I got PMC from a colleague at Harpoon when Cancer took over my close friend. PMC became the starting point for both my grief and the path I felt I could take part in the fight. “
- Nicaela Chinnaswamy, of Boston, has been involved with PMC for 13 years, starting as a volunteer before her first ride in 2015. “When you hear stories of surviving children and bone marrow donated family members – you feel riding is the least you can do.”
“We’ve been supporting PMC for 23 years, but this year we wanted to celebrate and honor some of the people – including some of our employees – who help make the trip and participate in PMC,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and founder of Harpoon Brewery. “These three riders each have their own personal connection to the organization, but they all fight to support the same, worthy cause. We hope our fans show them support in return as we work together to grow as much as possible for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “
After a pandemic-adjusted 100 percent virtual participation year that raised $ 50 million, the Pan-Mass Challenge returns to the streets of Massachusetts on August 8 and 9. Registration the personal race ended at the end of June, but riders can still sign up for the virtual option at PMC.org.
At the time of release, the 2021 PMC has already raised more than $ 28 million, more than half of its $ 52 million target. “Together, we’ll get a mile to get closer to a cancer-free world,” the competition’s official website reads, “The bike is supposed to do this.”
Since its inception in 1980, PMC has raised $ 767 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The event will donate 100 percent of every dollar raised by the rider directly to it, generating 64 percent of Jimmy Fund’s annual income as Dana-Farber’s largest financier.