About BFC

Friends fight cancer together

Join the Fight

What began in 2006 when Jon Jasak, Johnny Morin, and Mike Swiatlowski decided to test their mettle in the Pan-Mass Challenge as Team Palmer Pedal Power, has now turned into a well-oiled, money-raising, cancer-fighting machine!

John Jasak – In 2001, I was diagnosed with Neuro- Blastoma. I am now in my 15th year of remission and will celebrate in the PMC.

Johnny Morin – 14 years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. He had a long, hard battle with the disease before passing away in July of 2005. I ride for my father.

Mike Swiatlowski – In 2006, I took on this 192-mile challenge to both celebrate my buddy's cancer-free diagnosis and to mourn the loss of another friend's father. It's these same varied emotions that drive me (10+ years later) to continue my part to end cancer. I love this team.

Jon Pobieglo – My aunt/godmother and my uncle were both diagnosed with cancer in 2013. With the help of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute my aunt has won her battle. Unfortunately after a long battle Uncle Tom passed away last year. I ride for them.

Uncle Don Biron – Over the years I have lost cousins, friends, friends' kids and other family to cancer. Because of this I have registered as a marrow donor and helped run several Jimmy Fund golf outing fundraisers. Now, with an uncle and a younger brother fighting cancer, I am riding to help find a cure!

Gregory Valania – I ride for my family members and friends who have and will be affected by cancer. I ride to help raise funds for cancer researchers who continue to fight this complex disease but need the best tools to ever hope to defeat it.

Chris Pobieglo – For the last couple years I have supported my brother Jon (and the rest of the team) as a PMC spectator, and have been inspired by their hard work and dedication. This year I decided to join the fight in honor of my aunt and uncle, as well as three co-workers / friends who are battling cancer. I look forward to this amazing experience!

Mara Slawsky – I am riding this year, as I have in the past, for all my friends and family who have been touched by this disease. I am riding for others like me who have benefited from early diagnosis and treatment, and for Louise, who is beginning her fight.

Alex Carew – I'm a proud supporter of the PMC because it is leading a charge to beat cancer. In fact, last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's tireless commitment to finding a cure. I ride for my sister Luanne, my family, and all those who have suffered with and are suffering with this disease.

Chris Smith – The reason I ride is a simple one. I want to support all my family and friends that have been or may be affected by cancer. To me, combining my lifelong passion of cycling with that goal is one of the best ways I can think of to accomplish that.

Kevin McAvoy – In 2014, when she was just 11 months old, my daughter Avery was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She is here today thanks to the life-saving treatment she received (and continues to receive) at Dana-Farber. I ride for Avery and all of the courageous kids like her!

Ryan Soto – I'm a stage-3 skin cancer survivor. I'm riding to show gratitude for the groundbreaking developments in cancer research.

Pete King – I am riding the Pan-Mass Challenge for my Father and Aunt whom both passed away from cancer. Its my way of stepping off of the sidelines and making an difference in the fight against cancer and honoring family and friends affected by the disease.

Jeff Valania – I’m riding to honor my grandfather who battled the effects of lung cancer for over seven years. I’m riding to support the amazing people working to discover cancer cures for future generations. I’m riding to enjoy a weekend with my brother doing something we both love.

Bikes Fight Cancer and The PMC

On August 4th and 5th of this year, we will be participating in the 39th Pan-Mass Challenge as Team BIKES FIGHT CANCER.

The PMC is a two-day, 192-mile bike-a-thon from Sturbridge to Provincetown. The mission is to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through it’s Jimmy Fund. The PMC delivers 100% of the rider-raised funds towards the fight against cancer and now generates 50% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue. The 2016 PMC goal is an astonishing $47,000,000!

Our 2018 Bikes Fight Cancer team goal is to raise $70,000. Since first joining the PMC in 2006, we have proudly raised $425,918 for the Jimmy Fund — thanks to people like you!