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Needham residents raise $894,200 for Jimmy Fund in Pan-Mass Challenge

Posted by Evan Allen  November 29, 2012 11:35 AM

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Barry Lipsett, of Needham

Needham residents raised nearly $894,200 for cancer research in the 2012 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge.

One hundred and forty four Needham residents were among the 5,234 cyclists who rode up to 190 miles over one or two days across the Bay State to raise money for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund, according to a press release.

All told, the Challenge raised $37 million - $2 million more than the Challenge raised last year. This year’s contribution brings it’s 33-year total to $375 million, according to the release.

The Pan-Mass Challenge was held Aug. 4 and 5.

“PMCers are committed to our event and to raising money for cancer research,” said PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr in the release. “Their efforts fund Dana-Farber research and treatment that help millions around the globe.

One hundred percent of all donations are given to the charity, according to the release.

The PMC was founded in 1980 when 36 cyclists rode across the state to raise $10,200 for the Jimmy Fund, according to the release.

Next year’s PMC is set for Aug. 3 and 4. Registration opens online on Jan. 3 for PMC alumni and Jan. 17 for newcomers. For more information, go here. http://www.pmc.org/

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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