Pan-Massachusetts Challenge this weekend

This weekend (Aug. 6-7) is the annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. About 5,000 cyclists from around the U.S. (and six other countries) will ride across the state in the 32nd annual bike-a-thon. Their goal is to raise $34 milllion for cancer research and treatment for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. This year will bring the fundraiser's total Jimmy Fund contribution to more than $303 million. Earlier this year, we published a guest blog "The beginnings of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge" by the event's founder, Billy Star. Starr, who is also the executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge, shared how the event began as a simple bike ride honoring his mother, who died of melanoma in 1974. It has now grown to be the single largest athletic cancer fundraiser in the country.Good luck to all the riders this weekend -- and for all those who they are riding for.For more information, visit