The Ride To Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton announces $9.1 million raised as 6th annual ride commences in British Columbia

B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,104 riders and supports cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care through the BC Cancer Foundation.

VANCOUVER, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ride To Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton announced 2,104 riders helped raise $9.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the sixth annual Ride commenced in British Columbia on Saturday.  Funds raised through B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser support cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.

"We are so grateful to this passionate community who helped make the 6th annual Ride To Conquer Cancer a success.  Together they are changing the face of cancer in B.C.," said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.

"Over 24,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  Thank you for stepping up to create a strong momentum to raise funds for cancer research that is improving the lives of patients and families across the province. The $9.1 million raised this year is already powering world-class cancer research programs which are advancing our understanding of the disease and pointing to new, more effective ways for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment," Nelson added.

Since 2009, the Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $59.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and to date is the largest cycling fundraiser in the province.  The annual event draws thousands of participants who are supported by hundreds of crew and volunteers and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise in order to participate in the two-day, 200 km Ride between Vancouver and Seattle.

"At the age of 26, I heard the words 'you have cancer' and it was the worst thing I have ever heard," said Eamonn Conrad, a third-year rider from Vancouver.

"Thankfully through amazing research, I was able to overcome Ewings Sarcoma and today I am cancer-free.  I am back in The Ride, as this is a life-changing event for myself and for all the people it helps.  This is the first time I can honestly say I owe my life to something and taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer is my way of saying thanks to everyone involved," Conrad added.

For the first time in B.C. The Ride features two finish lines.  On Sunday, Riders will choose to finish their 200 km journey in Seattle or back in Vancouver. Also new this year is the involvement of Silver Wheaton as the event's Presenting Sponsor.  Silver Wheaton is a B.C. company and long-time supporter of cancer research, treatment and care in the province.

"Silver Wheaton has supported The Ride with a team for the past five years," said Neil Burns, Vice President of Technical Services at Silver Wheaton.

"This year, our team the 'Silver Bullets' has grown to 28 employees and friends.  Each rider has a very personal and moving reason for participating.  Our company is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Ride To Conquer Cancer, and we are extremely pleased with this year's fundraising for the BC Cancer Agency," Burns added.

Ride organizers released the dates of August 29th and 30th for the 2015 Ride, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to register.

"We invite everyone here and all British Columbians to join us next year for our 7th annual Ride.  Take a moment to stop by our re-registration tent today, visit www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (888) 771-BIKE to get registered right away," Nelson concluded.

Ride organizers expect thousands of British Columbians to attend public cheering stations along the route.

For a map of The Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca

ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATIONThe BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge.  As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.  We fund with the goal of finding solutions.  Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY - The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.

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