Major Cities Across Canada Launch Ride To Conquer Cancer



    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Following the extraordinary success of the
inaugural 2008 Ride To Conquer Cancer in Toronto, the cycling fundraiser has
now expanded to include three more of Canada's most appealing locations. Host
cities of this extraordinary event now include Vancouver, Calgary and
Montreal.
    The Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 200km cycling event to raise money for
research and ultimately, to conquer cancer in our lifetime. On the basis of
current incidence rates, almost 40% of Canadian women and almost 45% of
Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetimes, so this pan-Canadian
event is rightly viewed as a call to action.
    The Toronto Ride To Conquer Cancer, now entering its second year, begins
the morning of Saturday, June 12, 2009 and ends in scenic Niagara Falls the
following day. Riders in British Columbia will travel from Vancouver to
Seattle June 20-21, with money raised benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The
Alberta edition, benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, leaves from Calgary
on June 27 and the route goes along the Rocky Mountains, finishing on the
28th. From July 11 to 12, riders will pedal from Montreal to Quebec City to
benefit The Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
    Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation,
was immensely pleased that the success of the inaugural Ride To Conquer Cancer
in Toronto has now been shared with other Canadian cities in the battle to
conquer cancer. "Being able to offer The Ride To Conquer Cancer to other major
centres makes all of us at The Princess Margaret Hospital very proud. It is a
big, bold event with a big, bold aim - to conquer this disease once and for
all - and we are very pleased that Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal are joining
Toronto in this life-changing event."
    Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia urged people to register for
this event. "Cancer affects each and every one of us, whether it is a family
member, a friend or a neighbour, and The Ride to Conquer Cancer is another
step we can take towards providing funds for world-class research here in
B.C.," said Premier Campbell. "I want to thank the BC Cancer Foundation and
everyone committed to this tremendous event that is sure to raise awareness
about what we can all do to fight this disease. I encourage people to register
and participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer."
    On hand at the Calgary launch event was Lori-Ann Muenzer. Canada's first
Olympic gold medalist in cycling from the 2004 Olympic Games voiced her
pleasure, stating, "The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a terrific concept because
it's for cyclists of all abilities. While 200 kms may seem like a long way,
anyone can do it with the right motivation, a bike and a helmet. I am so proud
to endorse and support this event and hope that many others - even those who
are not serious cyclists - will join me on this amazing ride."
    Olympic silver medalist and former Tour de France leader Steve Bauer was
on hand for today's Toronto launch, and stated, "The Ride is a great thing
because it is an event for everyone. With some training, anyone can do it. And
as a bonus, participants finish their journey in Niagara Falls, one of
Canada's most beautiful destinations. I am pleased to be an ambassador for
this amazing event and look forward to riding with participants June 12 and 13
from Toronto."
    Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation,
expressed his pleasure at this amazing event. "Hosting the Ride to Conquer
Cancer in Montreal is thrilling. It is a bold event with a bold aim - to
conquer this disease once and for all. We are pleased that other cities are
joining the fight and that people across the country will be able to take part
in this life-changing journey."

    Registration for The Ride To Conquer Cancer benefiting The Campbell
Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, the BC Cancer Foundation, the
Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General
Hospital is now open. Call 877-699-BIKE or visit www.conquercancer.ca to
sign-up today.

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For further information: Jackson Wightman, Communications Director,
jwightman@endcancer.ca, (866) 324-2939


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