An Interview with Laura Klein and Shafat Hossain, Associate Consultants
Riders for the Pan-Mass Challenge
You both are riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge in August, tell us why you are riding?
We are both really excited to join with Dana-Farber to help the fight against cancer. Working in the healthcare field, and seeing the end result of research institutions, such as Dana Farber, is one of the most rewarding aspects of our career fields. We love that the PMC provides us with the opportunity to support in any way we can.
What are your fundraising goals?
We want to raise a minimum of $5000 each.
Outside of being a rider are there other ways people can get involved to support the PMC?
Absolutely. Since Dana Farber is a local institution, the race encourages anyone to get involved in any way they can. There are opportunities to volunteer on race day where volunteers can set up their own snack/drink stands and support the riders. If you don’t live in Massachusetts, or you can’t support on race day, one of the best ways to support the PMC is by donating to riders!
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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.