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Author: Kristin Sundin Brandt and Bill Alfano

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The Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers with the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers. This podcast discusses all things PMC.
9 Episodes
For 10 years, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been not only sponsored the Pan-Mass Challenge, but it has also been an essential partner with PwC supporting the PMC as volunteers and riders. Partner and 10-year rider, Paul Kennedy, joins the podcast to talk about his involvement, taking over as Team PwC captain for the organization, and how PwC is reimagining the PMC for 2020.Turning Reimagined into Reality / PMC webinarSupport the show (
Caring For Our Heroes

Caring For Our Heroes


According to, there are approximately 40,000 new cancer cases reported in Veterans each year, with many of these cases caused by exposure to chemicals and other carcinogens on bases or the field of battle. Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and advocate for veterans, Kurt Power, joins The PMC Podcast to talk about the risk to veterans, and our responsibility to ensure America's heroes receive the cancer testing and treatment they need and deserve. the show (
The Body Episode

The Body Episode


As athletes and cyclists, we too often focus on putting in the miles on the bike, only thinking about our fitness off the bicycle when things start to hurt. On this episode, we welcome Jen Connell, PT, DPT of Bay State Physical Therapy and Bob Vinson, a massage therapist who has volunteered for over 30 years at Mass Maritime in Bourne, to talk about the importance of pre-habilitation and massage to help athletes leading up to, and recovering from long rides and races.Info about Bay State Physical TherapyLearn more about and find a PMC Volunteer Massage TherapistSupport the show (



It's All About HopeWhile the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), with support from the Pan-Mass Challenge, has made tremendous strides towards treating cancers, it is estimated that approximately 1.8 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020*.Director of Stewardship and Liaison to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Meredith Beaton Starr, shares how the PMC connects riders and members of their extended community to resources at DFCI – providing not just help, but also hope.* the show (
Before WBZ-TV became the PMC's official media partner, news anchor Lisa Hughes was a new rider considering if she would be able to finish her first PMC (broken arm and all). Now in her 10th year, Lisa has raised nearly $100,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is one of the amazing team at WBZ helping tell the PMC's story. She shares what she and her colleagues look for when deciding on stories to feature, and how each is a touchstone for her, providing inspiration for her training and fundraising.Support the show (
Living Proof

Living Proof


In this episode Kristin and Bill speak with 15-year Living Proof rider Carie Capossela of Team Carie's Crew about what it means to be part of the PMC Living Proof community and some memorable moments from past PMCs, including a truly special moment with another Living Proof rider during a very soggy PMC 2018.The PMC Living Proof® community is made up of riders and volunteers who are undergoing cancer treatment or were previously treated – Living Proof of the progress made in supporting cancer research and treatment.Living Proof riders and volunteers are celebrated during PMC weekend at Mass Maritime Academy in Bourne on Saturday and at Babson College in Wellesley on Sunday.In 2019, more than 960 Living Proof riders and volunteers participated in the PMC.(photo credit: Casey Photography)Support the show (
To alleviate some of the financial pressure that many people are experiencing due to COVID-19, the Pan-Mass Challenge announced that it would not be enforce the fundraising minimums for the first time in the ride's history. PMC Chief Financial Officer, Michele Sommer, joins Kristin and Bill to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on charitable organizations, and how people are using the money that's already in Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) to support their favorite charities.Links mentioned:* Important Policy Change for 2020* What is a Donor-Advised Fund? Source: Fidelity Charitable• Pan-Mass Challenge Case Study (pdf) Source: DAF Direct• PMC - Ways to Give the show (
In this episode Kristin and Bill are joined by Lisa Scherber,  (The Play Lady) Director of Patient and Family Programs at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic.  We discuss the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Pedal Partner Program and connection to the PMC. What is it like when a family gets a cancer diagnosis and shows up at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.Thank you to our sponsor Sundin Sports Marketing - Putting Your Ideas Into Action.Special thank you to Joe Zarbano for production assistance. Support the show (
In this episode Kristin and Bill are joined by Justine Darmanian, Manager of Kids Rides and Volunteer Operations.  We discuss the PMC Kids Rides program; the riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors along with the Impact from the ride and how to get involved.Thank you to our sponsor Sundin Sports Marketing - Putting Your Ideas Into Action.Special thank you to Joe Zarbano for overseeing editing and production.Support the show (
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