Largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history draws 4,852 participants
and helps fund Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess Margaret Cancer
TORONTO, June 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer
announced 4,852 participants raised $18.1 million for The Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation as the 5th Annual Ride commenced in both Toronto and Niagara Falls on Saturday
morning. Ride participants will cycle over 200km, across six routes
between the two cities with an overnight camp at Mohawk College in
"Thank you to every single 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," said Paul Alofs, President
and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
"Last year, there were more than 177,000 new cancer cases diagnosed in
Canada and 75,000 Canadians passed away from the disease. As one of
the top five cancer research centres in the world, The Princess
Margaret is on a mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime, and the
$18.1 million raised from this year's Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer
is already being put to use funding Personalized Cancer Medicine, which
is helping to improve and save lives every day," Alofs added.
In its fifth record-breaking year, The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
continues to be the largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history,
having raised over $80.2 million for The Princess Margaret alone, and
over $149.3 million for cancer institutes across Canada. The annual
event draws tens of thousands of participants across the nation and
brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who
train and fundraise for months in order to participate in the annual
Ride. This year's event drew participants from seven countries, eight
Canadian provinces and 19 U.S. states.
"I have taken part in the Ontario Ride since its inception in 2008, and
I am truly honoured to be part of an event which brings thousands of
people together to make drastic impacts in the fight to conquer
cancer," says Denise Dorfman from Toronto.
"While I'm riding every year, I am thinking of my sister who fought a
brave six-year battle with cancer. I miss her and while I can't bring
her back, this event is my chance to honour her and all of those who
have been touched by cancer," Dorfman added, who is already registered
for the 2013 Ride.
Funds raised by The Ride support The Princess Margaret's creation and
implementation of Personalized Cancer Medicine, which detects cancers
earlier, diagnoses cancers more precisely, targets treatments more
specifically and provides comprehensive physical and emotional support.
"Our personalized treatment and care programs make remarkable impacts on
how patients survive and live with cancer," says Dr. Jonathan Irish,
Head of Surgical Oncology at The Princess Margaret Hospital.
"Vital funds from The Ride help support our ongoing research programs
such as immunotherapy, stem cell or tumour hypoxia programs, our
research platforms including our world-leading image-guided technology
and robotic surgery, clinical trials that support specific cancer types
and our world-class BioBank initiative. Finally, we have over 150
highly skilled clinical scientists and over 1,000 people employed in
our research initiatives. Dollars raised by The Ride help us support
these teams, enabling breakthrough research to continue," Dr. Irish
In 2011, "The Ride To Conquer Cancer" became known as "The Enbridge Ride
To Conquer Cancer" when Enbridge became the National Title Sponsor.
"The Ride brings together a community of inspiring men and women who
have been touched by this disease and are determined to put every ounce
of their energy toward conquering cancer in our lifetimes," says Guy
Jarvis, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution and a member of the
company's 170-member team.
"Enbridge and its employees are humbled to contribute to the
overwhelming efforts of cyclists, volunteers and donors in support of
The Princess Margaret this weekend," Jarvis added.
Alofs says sponsorship of all types is absolutely critical to any
"The contributions from Enbridge and all of our sponsors enable more
funds raised by The Ride to be put to use funding cancer-related
programs at The Princess Margaret. We are beyond grateful to all our
sponsors for their generous support," Alofs added.
Moments before the start of The Ride, 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 this year. Audio and video from each location was simulcast
at both venues.
Ride organizers also released the dates and opened registration for the
2013 event, to be held on June 8th & 9th.
"We hope everyone will join us next year for the 2013 Enbridge Ride to
Conquer Cancer," said Alofs.
"For more information and to register, go to www.conquercancer.ca or call 877.699.BIKE," Alofs concluded as thousands of Riders cheered and the 2012 Ride
Ride organizers expect thousands Ontarians to attend public cheering
stations along the route. For a map of the Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca.
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