The Pan-Mass Challenge has been doing its due since the 1980s and continues to do the same. This cross-state cycling is said to have generated revenue worth $270 million so far and is the largest single contributor to the Jimmy Fund.
The proceeds are used for the treatment of people fighting cancer. This year, the 190-mile ride was from Sturbridge to Provincetown, in which almost 5,000 riders and 3,000 volunteers took part.
A volunteer-cum-rider in the event, Palan, a 75-year-old Sharon resident, said, “My son, David, started riding in 1991 as a student at Northeastern, just because it's a great athletic event. And when I turned 65, he said 'Dad, why don't you give it a try while you still can?'"
For some of the riders, it’s like a family affair, as they ride it for the sake of their loved ones who have fought or are fighting against cancer.
Joseph Pirelli, who is partaking in the ride for three years, now says that he had lost his father to pancreatic cancer 10 years ago and he just liked to do it.
The good part is that everyone understands their responsibilities. Christine Sheridan of Ashland, a fifth year volunteer, makes sure that every rider gets fruit, bagels and coffee for they have to start an exhausting day and endure the heat.