Marblehead Building Contractor Raises $5,650 for Pan-Mass Challenge

August 26, 2010

Jamie Gilroy of James Gilroy House Wright Inc., a Marblehead, MA-based building contractor rode in the 2010 Pan-Mass Challenge for the third time. He logged 192 miles over 2 days, riding from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod powered by his own two legs.

He wasn’t alone though: backed by 55+ sponsors, pedalling alongside friends Alex Brooks, Eric Cole, and Alex Carew and 5,100 fellow cyclists. Jamie Gilroy said, “I couldn’t have done this without the support of my clients, subcontractors, family, and friends.” In his jersey he carried the names of cancer survivors, as well as those who sadly succumbed to the disease. His wife Meghan and son Bodhi (3) greeted “Papa” at the finish with a sign that read, “You Go Papa! PMC 2010.”

According to the ride organizers, the 31st annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge was an incredible success for the 5,100 cyclists who rode, the 3,000 volunteers whose work made everything run smoothly, and for the tens of thousands of cancer patients around the globe who will benefit from the millions of dollars raised for research and treatment.

On August 7 and 8, cyclists from 34 states and six countries rode one of ten routes ranging from 47 to 190 miles. Their goal was to raise $31 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund and bring the PMC’s 31-year Jimmy Fund contribution to $301 million.  On November 12, the PMC will present its 2010 contribution to Dana-Farber.

On PMC weekend, individual cyclists became part of one family, unified in a single cause. They range in age from 13 to 86 years and are from all walks of life, from police officers to stay-at-home mothers to corporate CEOs. The PMC is for seasoned athletes and cycling newcomers who are unified by the single goal of raising money for cancer research and treatment. The PMC is all about heart and soul, hope and health. Doctors ride along side their patients; grandparents bike with their grandchildren; and nearly everyone rides on behalf of loved ones lost to, or in treatment for, cancer. More than 300 riders are cancer survivors or current patients.

No other single athletic event raises or contributes more money to charity than the PMC. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $270 million for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC gives 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund, a rate of fundraising that is nearly unequaled within the $3 billion athletic fundraising event industry. The PMC generates more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and is its largest single contributor. The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and the New Balance Foundation. The 32nd annual PMC is scheduled for August 6 and 7, 2011. Registration will open in January through www.pmc.org.

Jamie will ride again in 2011.

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