MFS financial professionals may be prepared to go the extra mile to help clients during the week, but on the weekend?
This year, at least 49 went 192 miles to help cancer patients. That's the size of the MFS team that rode in the 31st Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. The challenge, a two-day bicycle event, raises money for the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and care at Boston's Dana Farber Cancer Institute, according to MFS spokesman John Reilly.
Since the Boston-based money manager began sponsoring teams in 1999, between sponsorship fees and fundraising by participants — who pledge to raise at least $4,200 each — MFS has raised $5.6 million, Mr. Reilly said.
Leading the pack again this year — his 10th appearance on the ride — was Michael W. Roberge, who during the week serves as MFS president, chief investment officer and director of global research. Mr. Roberge concedes the route — a 110-mile span on Aug. 7 stretching from Sturbridge to Bourne, at the base of Cape Cod, followed on Aug. 8 by an 82-mile ride from Bourne to Provincetown — can be tiring. But seeing the signs and photos of — and by — cancer patients at the water stops every 20 miles or so along the way is the “ultimate motivator ... reminding you why you're out there,” Mr. Roberge said.