Westford Cyclist Leads ‘Team Cycle for Colby’ in Pan Mass Challenge

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Cancer survivor Colby Schofield will join more than 6,600 cyclists in riding the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on August 3-4 with the goal of raising $60 million for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. COURTESY PHOTO

Colby Schofield of Westford was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012 when she was only 16 years old and sought treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she underwent six months of chemotherapy treatments under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Marron. A resident at the time, Marron continued to follow Colby throughout her treatment as an Oncology Fellow and now an Attending, and still sees Colby for her annual check-ups.

Following her treatment, in 2013, Colby joined friends and family in riding the PMC on “Team Cycle for Colby,” which has raised more than $278,000 for Marron’s research in pediatric oncology, and rides among a group of more than 900 participants who are “Living Proof” of the PMC’s mission to find a cure.

More About the PMC

  • This year marks the organization’s monumental 40th ride, which takes place on Aug. 3-4, celebrating 40 years of impact in the fight against cancer
  • The PMC donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar to the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, accounting for more than 55% of the Jimmy Fund’s (Dana-Farber’s fundraising arm) annual revenue
  • Since its first ride in 1980, the PMC has raised more than $654 million to support life-saving cancer research and patient care – with $56 million raised in 2018 alone
  • The organization’s 2019 fundraising goal is $60 million and if achieved, Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne (a cancer survivor and past PMC rider) has pledged to donate an additional $1 million
  • More than 100 Dana-Farber physicians, nurses and researchers ride and volunteer in the PMC each summer to support their own work as they see first-hand the difference PMC funding makes in the search for a cure