Kevin and Sandra Sullivan are up to the task of surpassing the incredible
success of the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer
TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation is
proud to announce the Co-Chairs for the 2nd annual Ride to Conquer Cancer,
Canada's premier cycling fundraiser. The 2009 Co-Chairs are Kevin and Sandra
Sullivan who both participated in the inaugural Ride in June 2008. Kevin is
CEO of GMP Capital Trust which he co-founded in 1995. GMP has grown to be one
of Canada's largest and most successful independent securities firms.
The 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer event is planned for June 12 to 14. In
its first year, The Ride to Conquer Cancer emerged as Canada's largest and
most successful cycling fundraiser with over $14 million raised and 2,850
participants coming from 8 provinces, 14 states and 3 countries.
"We're thrilled the 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer Co-Chairs are dedicating
their energy and time toward the challenging task of helping this become even
more successful." commented Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation President
and CEO Paul Alofs.
When asked about joining as a Co-Chair, Mr. Sullivan stated "Sandra and I
are delighted the Foundation asked us to become involved. The inaugural Ride
was such an incredibly memorable and uplifting experience for both of us that
we readily accepted the offer to play a leading role in 2009."
Sandra lost her father, Robert Wharton, to cancer just over 6 years ago.
He was diagnosed at the age of 60 and passed away shortly after his 66th
birthday. She credits Princess Margaret for extending his life as long as they
could, while providing him with the utmost in medical care. "They ensured that
he had the highest quality of life through those years and I will always be
grateful for everything that was done for him. I now have another chance to
give back to The Princess Margaret by co-chairing the second annual "Ride to
Conquer Cancer" next June.
Funds generated from The Ride to Conquer Cancer will be allocated to
crucial areas within its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI),
which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Benjamin
Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, and Dr. Mary
Gospodarowicz, Medical Director of Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Program,
have a clear vision on where the money raised on The Ride to Conquer Cancer
will be best utilized.
"I was attracted to Canada because of the unique research being conducted
at The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the
world," says Dr. Benjamin Neel. "The Princess Margaret is home to 168
scientists who specialize in cancer research. While The Princess Margaret has
established world-leading positions in areas such as Cancer Stem Cells, Tumor
Hypoxia/metabolism, Radiation Biology and Imaging Physics/Guided Therapeutics,
modern cancer research is extremely expensive and labor intensive. To stay at
the cutting edge, we need to be able to recruit and retain the best
scientists, purchase the most modern equipment, and fund high-risk, high-gain
research projects that typically are not supported by other funding agencies."
Although improvements have been made to treat the over 200 types of
cancer in the last 20 years, many cancers are still often lethal with lung,
pancreatic and ovarian presenting significant treatment challenges. In 2008
alone, there will be an estimated 159,900 new cases of cancer diagnosed in
Canada and 72,700 deaths because of cancer.
About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network
raises funds for research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute,
which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell
Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. More information about the
Foundation can be found at www.pmhf.ca
About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm the Ontario Cancer
Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and
The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, have achieved an
international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the
world. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of University Health Network
which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All
three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and
more information about UHN can be found at www.uhn.ca.
About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret
Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists,
clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by
leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer
breakthroughs. For more information, go to www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca.
For more information about the Ride please contact (416) 815-RIDE (7433),
or visit www.conquercancer.ca.
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