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Needham Company Teams Up For PMC

Employees, family and friends of the local technology company PTC participated in the 2012 bike ride, which raised money for the Jimmy Fund.

Employees of Needham-based company Parametric Technology Corporation, or PTC, were among the more than 5,000 riders to participate in the 2012 Pan-Mass Challenge last weekend.

A total of 5,450 cyclists from 36 states and nine countries participated in the ride on Aug. 4 and 5, logging up to 190 miles over one or two days with the goal of raising $36 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Team PTC featured 24 riders, including PTC board members, employees, friends of employees and family/friends of a long-time PTC employee who lost his battle to cancer, according to Beth Ambaruch, PTC's director of corporate communications.

PTC’s team goal was to raise $156,000. As of the race day, Aug. 4, the team had raised $137,000, but they expect to reach the $156,000 goal by September, Ambaruch said. Team PTC has been riding for 11 years, raising a total of $1.2 million, including the 2012 event.

In addition, Team PTC was matched up with a "Pedal Partner"—a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient who benefits from funds raised in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Aly Cipro, 12, has battled brain cancer and has been cancer free for one year, Ambaruch said.

The Pan-Mass Challenge was launched in 1980 when Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr and 35 of his friends rode across Massachusetts and raised $10,200 for cancer research. Each year, the organization donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund, according to an event press release.

For the 2012 Pan-Mass Challenge, each rider could choose between one of 11 routes, with distances ranging from 25 to 190 miles. Riders agreed to raise between $500 and $4,300 to participate in the event.

For more information about the Pan-Mass Challenge, which has its headquarters in Needham, visit pmc.org.

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