Axel Merckx, Trevor Linden, Ross Rebagliati, Alex Stieda and friends led
fans and fundraisers in community event to support cancer research at BC
VANCOUVER, June 2 /CNW/ - The BC Cancer Foundation's Westside Cycling
Classic, presented by the Airey Group, started with an audible "bang" Sunday
afternoon, when honorary event chair Premier Gordon Campbell provided the
sound effects of a missing-in-action starting gun.
Vancouver Canucks' hero Trevor Linden, cycling great Axel Merckx, Tour de
France veteran Alex Stieda and Olympians Derek Porter and Ross Rebagliati led
more than a hundred cyclists in a 36km-community ride through Vancouver's
scenic Westside, and collectively raised $131,000 for cancer research at the
BC Cancer Agency.
The event sponsors, including The Airey Group, Haywood Securities and
Volkswagen, covered all event expenses, making sure that all the funds raised
by the riders will be used to further the Agency's world-renowned research.
"It's an opportunity to get out into the community and raise some very
important dollars for the BC Cancer Foundation to fund BC Cancer Agency
research, to prevent cancer and help save lives. It's not only an enjoyable
day; it's serving a great cause," Linden said.
"When you have someone close to you touched by cancer, you really want to
contribute towards finding a cure," added Merckx, whose mother-in-law has
experienced the disease.
Premier Campbell, BC Cancer Agency President Dr. Simon Sutcliffe and BC
Cancer Foundation Sr.Vice-President Nick Locke congratulated the participants,
including top fundraiser Andrew Gregory, a testicular cancer survivor, who won
an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2008 Tour de France.
Locke also thanked the many community residents who enthusiastically
cheered on the riders, lined up for autographs from the celebrity athletes and
enjoyed the street-festival atmosphere. Locke said he hopes to make the
Westside Cycling Classic an annual community event.
The BC Cancer Foundation, established in 1935, raises funds to support
research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency, an agency
of the Public Health Services Authority that provides a comprehensive cancer
control program for the people of British Columbia.
For further information:
For further information: Judy Hamill, BC Cancer Foundation, Tel: (604)
707-5934, Cell: (604) 802-6984