Each year, thousands of cyclists unite to participate in the annual “bike-a-thon” known as the Pan-Mass Challenge. For six total years, one of those cyclists has been Garrett Lunden, Senior Vice President of Connecticut-based fulfillment software company, VeraCore. This August 5-6, Garrett will once again make his trek from Sturbridge, Massachusetts to Provincetown in support of the Jimmy Fund, which directly benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Garrett began his relationship with the Pan-Mass Challenge in 2007 while living in Boston, when a work colleague convinced him to ride. After leaving Boston for his home state of Connecticut, he has stayed committed because of how powerful the event is. Forza-G, the team that Garrett rides with, has a “Pedal Partner,” a current patient at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who they keep in contact with throughout the year. “It helps bring home where our fundraising dollars go,” said Garrett. “It is evident during PMC weekend how much good Dana Farber does for the fight against cancer. The entire 192-mile course is lined with fans cheering all the riders on, saying ‘thank you for riding.’ It is so different from any other event - every rider feels like a superstar for doing something altruistic, not just playing a game.” Garrett has logged over 4,000 miles on his bike participating in, and training for, the challenge throughout the years – further than the distance between New York City and Juneau, Alaska.
VeraCore Software Solutions has been a long-time supporter of the Pan-Mass Challenge. “We have been a proud sponsor of PMC since 2007,” said Denise Lunden, VeraCore President. “The number of people affected by cancer is huge. Almost everyone has a personal experience with it and a story on how it has impacted them, a friend or a family member. It’s important for us to help end that narrative and contribute the resources needed to help find a cure.”
This year’s Pan-Mass Challenge turnout is expected to be approximately 6,000 cyclists from nearly every state. PMC is nationally distinguished for its contributions to charity, raising more than any other single event in the country and donating one hundred percent of rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund. Since PMC’s inception in 1980, the organization has successfully contributed $547 million to cancer research.
To learn more about VeraCore, visit www.veracore.com.