CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite limitations created by the coronavirus pandemic, the most productive cancer research fundraiser in Massachusetts officially began Saturday morning.
Participants of the Pan-Mass Challenge adhered to the protective protocols for the safety of the long distance riders. A small group of riders also stopped off in Longmeadow Friday to honor the mother of one of the riders, Lewis Okun.
The annual bike-a-thon that benefits the Dana Farber Cancer Institute traditionally attracts numbers of riders but to keep a safe distance, this year it became a virtual event.
The 41st annual ride from the Berkshires to the Cape has raised nearly 60 percent of the cancer institute’s annual budget.