Charles Negaro, founder of Chabaso Bakery in New Haven, Conn., will ride in the 31st annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge on Aug. 7 and 8 to benefit cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The Pan-Mass, also called the Jimmy Fund, is a three-day, long-distance cycling event that has raised more money than any other athletic fundraiser in the country.
Negaro, who will be 69 when he rides this year, participated for the first time six years ago and repeated the effort three years in a row. "A very close friend of my family had been diagnosed with cancer," he said in a statement, "and her treatment was centered on the Dana-Farber Institute. The care she received for more than eight years until her death was effective, extraordinarily warm and compassionate. It provided her with a rewarding quality of life through those years, and provided her family and friends with the value of her treasured presence every day."
Chabaso Bakery also is a sponsor of the event and will provide more than 2,000 Roasted Garlic Stix and 1,000 Olive Oil Ciabatta Stix to the pre-race dinner ceremonies. An additional 3,000 Stix products will be used for sandwiches the following day during the event.
For more information about the Pan-Mass Challenge, visit www.pmc.org.