Howell Resident Cycles For Cancer Research

Photo courtesy Pan Mass Challenge

HOWELL – A Howell resident will be taking on a 192-mile challenge to raise money for cancer research in this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge.

Jonathan Winder of Howell plans to travel to Massachusetts in order to take part in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on August 4 and 5, where he will cycle 192 miles with thousands of other cyclists from all across the country.

The PMC is a bike-a-thon that raises money for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The challenge, started in 1980, was raised $598 million for research; more than any other single athletic fundraising event in the world.

Winder will be cycling with the goal of breaking last year’s record of $52 million raised.

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Participants in the challenge can be anywhere from 13 to 85, from all levels of skill. Many ride to honor a family member or friend lost to, or being treated for cancer, and over 900 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients themselves.

The PMC offers 12 different routes, varying in difficulty. Cyclists are also required to raise between $600 and $8,000.

“After surpassing our goal and raising $51 million for Dana-Farber last year, we are excited to keep the momentum going as we approach our 39th PMC ride weekend,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC. “We are continuously humbled by the dedication and generosity of our riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors and community members – it’s thanks to them that the PMC is able to make such an immense impact on the fight against cancer. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride weekend and can’t wait to see you all out on the road.”

If you wish to contribute or learn more, visit pmc.org.