Pan-Mass Challenge cycles through Wareham
More than 6,700 riders, including five from Wareham, pedal up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $60 million for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The main routes stretch from Sturbridge and Wellesley to Buzzards Bay on Saturday. After an overnight stay at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the riders will travel across the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown on Sunday.
Supporters filled Main Street in Wareham to cheer for the riders while relaxing at the Pie Station established 11 years ago by Kathi Nelson.
“It’s a great place for the families and friends to support their respective riders,” said Nelson. “Rain or shine, it doesn't matter, we are here and serving pies, having a great time and cheering.”
One hundred percent of every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber. Last year’s event raised a record $56 million, bringing the total amount raised through the event for cancer research and treatment to $654 since 1980.
“It helps save people's lives. I like the sense of comradery, not just within the individual teams but among all of the riders and volunteers,” said supporter Jennifer Muller. “They are all after one cause: To help cure cancer.”
Those who wish to donate can go to donate.pmc.org and search for the rider they would like to support. This year, Wareham riders include Ken Destremps, Henry Gleason, Katie Moulding, Nichole Stahmer, and Eric Wade.