The Pan-Mass Challenge has been part of Boston culture since 1980, and this year bottles … [+]
Next month’s Pan-Mass Challenge, the world’s largest single fundraiser in sports, aims to raise $ 52 million – and a New England-based brewery is backing it with the sale of its flagship beer.
Through August 15, while supplies last, bottles from Harpoon IPA will feature the portraits and stories of three drivers who have each supported the race for more than a decade:
- Glynn Hawley of Natick, Mass., Rides, volunteers, and has been with the PMC for 27 years. He had originally signed up with friends as a challenge until the journey became much more personal: “I’ve been treated for cancer since 1995, have friends and family who had cancer, and in 2017 I lost my nephew Conor to leukemia.”
- Jaime Schier from Hudson, Mass. and 21 year old Harpoon employee has been riding for 19 years. “I heard about PMC from a colleague at Harpoon after a close friend of mine developed cancer. The PMC became both an outlet for my grief and a way in which I felt I could contribute to the struggle. “
- Boston-based Nicaela Chinnaswamy has been with the PMC for 13 years, starting as a volunteer before her first ride in 2015. “When you hear stories about children who survive and family members who have donated bone marrow, you feel like riding is the least you can do. “
“We have been supporting the PMC for 23 years, but this year we wanted to celebrate and honor some of the people – including some of our employee owners – who help make the drive and contributions to the PMC possible,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and Co-Founder of the Harpoon Brewery. “These three drivers each have their own personal connection to the organization, but they are all fighting for the same worthy cause. We hope our fans will show their support in return as we work together to raise as much as possible for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “
After a pandemic-free year of 100% virtual participation that raised $ 50 million for the cause, the Pan-Mass Challenge returns to the streets of Massachusetts on August 8th and 9th. Registration for the personal race ended in late June, but drivers can still register for the virtual option on PMC.org.
At the time of writing, the PMC has already raised more than $ 28 million in 2021, more than half of its $ 52 million goal. “Together we will come miles closer to a world without cancer,” says the official website of the race.
Since its inception in 1980, the PMC has raised $ 767 million through the Jimmy Fund for adult and child care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event donates 100 percent of every dollar raised by drivers directly to the cause and generates 64 percent of the annual revenue of the Jimmy Fund as Dana-Farber’s largest single donor.