ARCer’s Giving Back: Part 1
08.16.13 / Mark Dolny, AIA, LEED AP
ARC has a long tradition of employees giving back to both their profession as well as in their personal lives. We decided to feature a few of our employees in a three part series highlighting their commitment and dedication to a number of charitable organizations.
Pan Mass Challenge – 19 years and counting!
For the better part of Mark’s tenure at ARC he has participated in the annual Pan Mass Challenge. Founded in 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The annual bike-a-thon is a 2 day event with routes from the center of Massachusetts to the coast. Mark and his team add an extra day by starting on the New York/ Massachusetts border, making it a true state crossing.
For over 34 years the PMC has successfully garnered support from a variety of cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. This year 5,500 cyclists and 3,000 volunteers participated in the event raising close to $38,000,000. The goal is to generate the greatest amount of support to provide the doctors and researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) with the tools to explore and develop new breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.
On August 4th Mark completed his 19th ride! This is an impressive accomplishment that includes over 5,000 miles of cycling. Mark’s 11-person team rode in honor of Susan McGahan Brown and raised over $100,000.
“It is addictive,” says Mark of participating in the annual challenge. “Some of my team members have been riding for over 30 years.” In recent years, the team has participated in the Pedal Partner program which pairs teams with children undergoing treatment for cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For the past three years, a young girl from Balston Spa, New York has been battling Leukemia. Along with her family, she has come to see the team ride for her and joined with them at a special stop for the Pedal Partners. “This was a particularly wonderful year,” according to Mark. “She has been given the all clear and is no longer in need of treatment. It brings such joy to our team to see her now as a strong healthy girl. It is great to know that the money we are raising is helping to spur the advances that helped cure her, and many children like her. Only 10 years ago, her cancer had a 20% survival rate.”
“It is especially rewarding to participate in the PMC knowing that ARC is also currently designing a 150,000 SF laboratory fit-out facility for Dana Farber,” adds Mark. Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014, ARC is designing 150,000 square feet of wet lab space within DFCI’s leased space in Longwood Center. Designed to address the continued growth in cancer research, the new facility will provide DFCI with a state-of-the art flexible lab layout that will support various different research groups within the chemistry, chemical biology, structural biology, neurobiology, systems biology and molecular therapeutics fields.