2012 Ride set fundraising and participation records in Canada and
benefits The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
TORONTO, June 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer
announced the 2013 Ride will include multiple start, finish and route
choices between Toronto and Niagara Falls after this year's event drew
4,852 participants who raised $18.1 million. The 2012 event set
fundraising and participation records, as dollars raised support the
creation and implementation of Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre.
"This has been an absolutely incredible and insightful weekend," said
Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital
"Our 5th annual Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer has been record-breaking, and
our decision to offer multiple starts, finishes and routes between
Toronto and Niagara Falls for the first time has been well-received by
Riders. Additionally, we've gained some incredible leanings to build
on this success in 2013. In fact, we're already seeing strong numbers
of Riders signing up now for next year's event," Alofs added.
For the first time in The Ride's five-year history, the event start,
finish and opening ceremonies took place in two locations: Toronto and
Niagara Falls. Moments before the start, Alofs and event organizers
addressed thousands of participants simultaneously in both Toronto and
Niagara Falls, and shared the total number of participants and funds
raised for the 2012 event.
This year participants could select from six different routes between
Toronto and Niagara Falls with an overnight campsite at Mohawk College
in Hamilton. From start to finish, each Rider cycled over 200km along
roads through the countryside of Ontario.
"I have taken part in The Ride for four years and this year has been
particularly exciting as we celebrate the fifth annual event with
participants cycling on different routes, but for one cause," says Rob
McColm from Oakville.
"I have seen first-hand the difference that research has made at The
Princess Margaret. They saved my life four years ago and my wife's life
this year. I look forward to this event every year and will definitely
be back in 2013," McColm added.
Now commencing for the 6th consecutive year, The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer remains the
largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history, having raised over
$80.2 million for The Princess Margaret, and $149.3 million for cancer
institutes across Canada. The annual event draws tens of thousands of
participants from across the nation and brings together communities of
survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months
to participate in The Ride.
"We are making great strides in our mission to conquer cancer in our
lifetime. Yet, on average, everyday, almost 500 Canadians are
diagnosed with cancer and more than 200 Canadians will die from
cancer," says Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer
Research Institute at The Princess Margaret.
"While we celebrate the tremendous success of this year's event, we
still have much more to do to conquer cancer. Funds raised from this
year's event are being put to use to fund Personalized Cancer Medicine
and the people who run the efforts at The Princess Margaret, and help
improve and save lives every day," Dr. Neel added.
Ride organizers introduced additional components this year including
Gold Helmets to designate Riders who have participated in all five
annual Rides since 2008, SUGOi black & white "polka-dot" jerseys for
the first ten participants to reach $15K in fundraising and gold pins,
which indicate cancer survivors. Survivors are also designated en
route with a yellow flag affixed to their bike.
"I wore my Golden Helmet proudly, as it's been a privilege to take part
in The Ride for the past five years to make a personal difference in
the battle to conquer cancer," says Chinyere Eni from Toronto.
"As a child, I lost my leg to cancer, but I survived. I have taken part
in The Ride for the past five years to fight for all those who are
currently in their battle and the belief that one day, cancer will be
conquered," Eni added.
"Thank you to every Rider, Donor, Sponsor, Volunteer, Crew Member,
Doctor, Researcher and every person who played a role to make our 5th annual Ride another record-breaking event. Registration for the 2013
even on Jun 8th & 9th is now open and we hope everyone will join us! For more information
and to get registered now, go to www.conquercancer.ca or call 877.699.BIKE," Alofs concluded.
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