The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) is a one or two-day bike-a-thon which raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. In fact, it raises more money than any other charity—$338 million since its start in 1980, and every rider-raised cent goes to Dana Farber. Volunteer cyclists ride on several routes from as far as Sturbridge, MA, mid-state, to the tip of Provincetown. Each cyclist—approximately 5,500 of them— must raise between $500 and $4,300 to ride in the PMC. Their goal this year was $36 million. This is an amazing event. You can read more about it on their website: http://www.pmc.org.
Besides supporting the PMC, the Boston Red Sox hold an annual radio-telethon this month to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The team has declared August the Jimmy Fund Month. Players and staff make additional contributions in their own way. No one is immune from heartbreak when a child has cancer. This charity is especially dear to me as a nurse. Over the years, Dana Farber has increased the survival rates of the children they treat from around 50% to over 80%!
The largest cultural event of the season, the TD Bank Pops by the Sea Concert, brings the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to perform on the Hyannis Village Green each August. The festivities start with warm-up talent, including one of my favorite bands, Crabgrass, who perform toe-tapping bluegrass music in other venues during the season. Now I’ve come full circle and this blog is way too long!