Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride raises close to $35K for Dana-Farber

MANCHESTER – The second annual Greater Manchester Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride proved to be another success as 98 bicyclists, ages 4-13, turned out to ride in the name of research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The June 3 event was held on the campus of Saint

Anselm College and the money raised is nearing $35,000. Riders are able to raise money through Sept. 1.

“We are so grateful that this event continues to grow and gain momentum,” said ride director Terry Flahive. “It is so heartwarming to see kids who truly understand the importance of the PMC Kids Ride and what it means to raise awareness and money for cancer research and the great work being done at Dana-Farber.”

The race once again honored the late Emma Bechert, a former PMC Kids Ride participant from Bedford who lived life fully with the help of Dana-Farber while battling brain cancer. Mandy Bechert, Emma’s mother, spoke to the participants, volunteers and supporters before the ride. Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig also addressed the crowd.

The event was one of 38 PMC Kids Rides scheduled throughout New England this summer. They are part of the Pan-Mass Challenge, which has a goal of raising $52 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber.