Head of School Bikes for Cancer Research

Helena Chen ’24 and Angel Xin ’26 in News | September 16, 2022

Over the summer, Head of School Stephen Murray H’54 ’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21 participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge, one of the largest athletic fundraisers in the country, for the third year. Participants partake in a bike-a-thon to raise nearly $60 to $70 million a year for pediatric cancer research at the Dana Farber hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In order to participate, the riders had to commit to raising at least $6,000. 

A number of Murray’s friends, including former colleagues from Deerfield Academy, had done the challenge for years. They encouraged him to join the event, which was how Murray began participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge. 

However, the bike race was not all smooth and fun. In fact, one of Murray’s very good friends and former colleague was riding ahead of him and got into an accident. Murray recounted that he felt extremely grateful that his friend wasn’t severely injured and that another fellow biker quickly stepped in to assess the situation. 

Another challenge that Murray faced on his bike-a-thon was the temperature this year. For Murray, the  “challenge [was] to stay hydrated.” Thankfully, the event was very well organized: There were rest stations, water, Gatorade, and lots of fresh food and fruits available for grab. When asked about future participation, he replied that he would ride again, “as long as I can still do it.”