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Putnam Pride: Employee Community Feature

July 19, 2018
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An Interview with Eric Yang, Consultant and Ernie Doherty, Senior Associate Consultant
Riders for the Pan-Mass Challenge

You both  are riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August, tell us why you are riding?

Cancer affects nearly everyone at some level. Both of us have lost a parent to cancer and the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is an amazing opportunity to make a difference. Unlike 3rd party charities, 100% of the proceeds go directly to cancer care and research at one of the world’s best cancer institutes – Dana Farber!

What are your fundraising goals?

We are want to raise a minimum of $1200 each.

Have you been involved with the PMC before?

Ernie rode in PMC last year and Putnam has started to get involved in PMC’s Winter Challenge, sending 10 people to Fenway this past winter for a fun spin class!  We look forward to sending another group in January.

​Outside of being a rider are there other ways people can get involved to support the PMC?

PMC really gets the entire Massachusetts community involved. People volunteer to help organize the race and set up their own snack/drink stands on the trail to keep riders going. If you don’t have time on race day, you can always donate to a rider or get involved yourself through the Winter Challenge, which is much more convenient!

The Pan-Mass Challenge, presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and New Balance, is the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon, and today raises more money for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. A model of fundraising efficiency, since 2007 the PMC has donated 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The PMC is so well-known in cycling and fundraising circles, that each year people travel from around the world to participate. Thousands of riders and volunteers have lost loved ones to the disease, still more ride in honor of those in treatment, and over 600 PMC riders and volunteers are cancer survivors. The camaraderie shared by riders, volunteers, and supporters is so strong that even the doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute join their patients as teammates, riding toward a unified goal. Since its 1980 inception, the PMC has contributed $598 million to lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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