The Pan Mass Challenge is a two-day fundraiser featuring thousands of cyclists and volunteers from more than 40 states and seven countries, according to the PMC website. The cycle teams pass through a number of Massachusetts towns and have various routes. Some riders start at Sturbridge, Massachusetts and end up at the state at Provincetown, Massachusetts. This year's PMC is scheduled for Aug. 4 and 5.
Fundraising for this two-day cycle marathon, however, happens all year round.
“A lot of us (PMC fundraisers) try to run additional events for more exposure and awareness,” said Boxborough resident Tim Owen.
Recent fundraiser results
Owen is a passionate amateur photographer whose work will be featured in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Golf Calendar. He held a recent fundraiser on Thursday, July 12, at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. In his fundraiser, Owen displayed more than 40 of his photos and gave prints away to those who made a donation towards cancer research.
He is a member of a local PMC team called “Team Lick Cancer,” or TLC, and this will be his sixth year participated in the PMC. He got involved after cancer struck some close friends.
“Regretfully, it touches far, far too many people,” Owen said.
Other TLC members, Owen said, had done arts and crafts sales and silent auctions to help raise money. Owen, inspired by his teammates efforts, decided to put together a fundraiser of his own. He stated that his event raised about $4,000.
When asked why he was doing his own fundraiser, Owen said he said he just wanted to whatever he could, in a very small way, to help beat cancer.
“Together, maybe communally,” Owen said, “we can make a difference.”
Team Lick Cancer
“They (Team Lick Cancer) are now the third largest fundraising team in the Pan Mass Challenge,” Owens said.
The group was founded by longtime residents of the Acton-Boxborough area, Dave Christmas and Scott Apgar.
TLC, according to Christmas, boasts over 170 members an last year, the team raised over a $1 million for cancer research.
Christmas got involved 22 years ago when a colleague’s brother Chris Collins – a fit, nonsmoking Harwich Police officer – was diagnosed with lung cancer. The officer very much wanted to participate in the PMC, but died before he could do so.
Christmas also has good friends who’ve been impacted by cancer, so he and Apgar formed TLC.
“And it totally took off,” Christmas said.
Last year’s fundraising totals – over $1 million – show the team’s dedication, Christmas said. And the event of the Pan Mass Challenge, Christmas said, with it’s estimated 5,000 riders and 6,000 volunteers, is really something to behold.
“The enthusiasm is like nothing you’ve ever seen,” Christmas said.
Anyone interested in further information on the Pan Mass Challenge may visit: pmc.org/event/pmc-2018
Anyone interested in donating to TLC's efforts can visit the website teamlickcancer.com/