The Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a weekend long charity bicycle ride to benefit Dana-Farber through the Jimmy Fund. Started in 1980, the Pan Mass Challenge is the largest charity bicycling event in the country, raising over $500 million for cancer research and treatment.
In 2016 the Patriots Platelet Pedalers numbered 153 team members and raised over $1,057,693 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 100% of the money the team raises is earmarked for Dr. Ken Anderson, the Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to support his multiple myeloma research and development of novel therapies. While the team fundraising is restricted to this research, a recent quote from Dr. Anderson explains that our fund raising helps more than just those diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
"Our ongoing progress together is helping patients with myeloma, as well as patients with breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and many other cancers. There two major areas where we are as a PPP TEAM making great strides. First is the area of precision medicine-defining the abnormalities in cancer cells and in their environment which allow tumor cells to grow and survive in order to develop selective targeted new medicines. Since abnormal circuits are common to many cancers, new selective targeted medicines will be more effective, have fewer side effects, and help patients with a broad range of cancers.
The second focus is on immune therapies-developing strategies to generate and sustain an immune response in patients against their own cancers. Since the immune system is potent, selective, and adaptable, immune therapies have great potential to overcome the escape mechanisms used by cancer cells to evade standard therapies. Imagine if you could trigger an immune response in patients that would remember and reject cancer when it tries to recur, just as the immune system deals with infections or other threats. Both the precision medicine and immune therapy strategies have the potential to transform even the most aggressive cancers to chronic illnesses and ultimately achieve cures!
Finally, once new approaches are demonstrated to be effective, we are proactively helping to assure that patients have access to these lifesaving treatments in our country and around the world. The heart, commitment, passion, and generous support of the Patriot Platelet Pedalers TEAM is the inspiration for all our research efforts, and we send our heartfelt thanks and admiration. Together we are transforming new scientific discoveries to better treatments, and making the world a happier and healthier place for patients and their families."