Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh Rode in the Pan-Mass Challenge Sunday
— Joshua Miller (@jm_bos) August 2, 2015
Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh are men of their word. The two publicly committed to riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a two-day cycling event that raises money for cancer care and research, in May, and on Sunday, they made it happen.
Of the PMC’s 12 different routes of varying length and difficulty, both politicians opted for a 25-mile journey from Wellesley to Patriot Place. And while Baker and Walsh may have been among the event’s highest-profile participants, they were joined by 6,000 other riders, 600 of whom are cancer patients or survivors—like Walsh—themselves.
The yearly bike-a-thon, which this year had a cumulative fundraising goal of $45 million, is the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s largest source of donations and accounts for half of the money the Jimmy Fund raises each year.