PLYMOUTH, Mass. —This spring, the Plymouth Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride will be one of 37 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond. In 2013, the PMC Kids Rides program attracted nearly 4,700 cyclists, ages 2 to 15, who rode between one and 26 miles in mini bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer care and research.
The PMC Kids Rides are spokes in the PMC wheel, joining the more than 5,800 adult PMC cyclists in their mission to fund adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held the first weekend of every August. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $414 million for the Jimmy Fund.
PMC Kids Rides offer a way for children to become part of the PMC mission, involving young people in volunteerism and fundraising in a safe and athletic way. Since the first ride in 1998, The PMC Kids Rides program has raised more than $5.5 million.
To provide the young cyclists with an additional push, the PMC recognizes cyclists in the Kids Rides program who raise $250 or more. Riders who meet this goal are honored as Heavy Hitters and receive an official PMC sack pack and certificate to acknowledge their fundraising achievements.
The Plymouth PMC Kids Ride expects 80 children, ages 4 to 14, to ride one of three routes around Plymouth South High School. The PMC Plymouth Kids Ride was started in 2013 by Plymouth resident Katie Dayie, a former PMC cyclist, as a way to further the PMC mission after the birth of her son. The Plymouth PMC Kids Ride will hold a party after the ride, which will include face-painting, arts and crafts and refreshments. The ride hopes to raise $12,000.
The Plymouth PMC Kids Ride will be held on
June 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Plymouth South High School located at 490 Long
Pond Road in Plymouth. There is a $10 registration fee and a $25 fundraising
minimum. PMC Kids Rides are sponsored by the Yawkey Foundation. Contributions
can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, visit http://kids.pmc.org. For more information,
email/call 508-747-3412 or call 800-WE-CYCLE.