This Saturday, Bedford resident Amy Mason will host the ninth annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Bedford Kids Ride, the largest fundraising event for the PMC Kids Rides Program.
Mason started the ride in 2005 as a way to involve her children in their auntís battle against cancer and to bring the PMC and its mission to her community. She has since turned the mini bike-a-thon into a fundraising machine, generating the most rider raised dollars of any PMC childrenís event, according to a press release.
On June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 450 children, ages 2 to 15, are expected to ride one of five routes around John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road.
At the event, Nate Cavallo, 12, of Lexington, will be honored as a Pedal Partner of the ride. Cavallo is currently in treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Instituteís Jimmy Fund Clinic for Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that primarily affects children.
This year, PMC Bedford Kids Ride aims to raise $125,000 to support lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. Since it was founded in 1998, PMC Kids Rides program has raised more than $4 million.
To date, the PMC Bedford Kids Ride has raised more than $700,000 for the PMC.
The PMC program is a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held each August where more than 5,500 adult cyclists participate. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $375 million for the Jimmy Fund.