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Team asks fans to become Patriots Platelet Pedalers

The New England Patriots invite fans to hop on their bicycles and be a part of the Patriots Platelet Pedalers, the team's newest fundraising initiative to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Patriots Platelet Pedalers is a sanctioned team in the Pan Massachusetts Challenge, a weekend long charity bicycle ride to benefit Dana-Farber through the Jimmy Fund. Started in 1980, the Pan Mass Challenge is the largest charity bicycling event in the country, raising over $200 million for cancer research and treatment.

The Patriots Platelet Pedalers will work together to fundraise for Dana-Farber, with the money earmarked for Dr. Ken Anderson, the Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to support his multiple myeloma research and development of novel therapies.

The Kraft family has had a long affiliation with Dr. Anderson, supporting his efforts to find a cure for multiple myeloma through the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber.

"The entire Patriots organization is very happy to attach our name to help such an important cause," said Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. "Cancer affects so many people and we would like to do our part in trying to find a cure for this horrific disease."

For more information on how to ride in the Pan Mass Challenge with the Patriots Platelet Pedalers, please call 617-477-3757 or e-mail PatriotsPlateletPedalers@patriots.com.

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