B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,104 riders and supports
cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care through the BC
VANCOUVER, June 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ride To Conquer Cancer presented by
Silver Wheaton announced 2,104 riders helped raise $9.1 million for the
BC Cancer Foundation as the sixth annual Ride commenced in British
Columbia on Saturday. Funds raised through B.C.'s largest cycling
fundraiser support cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to
care at the BC Cancer Agency.
"We are so grateful to this passionate community who helped make the 6th annual Ride To Conquer Cancer a success. Together they are changing
the face of cancer in B.C.," said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of
the BC Cancer Foundation.
"Over 24,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this
year. Thank you for stepping up to create a strong momentum to raise
funds for cancer research that is improving the lives of patients and
families across the province. The $9.1 million raised this year is
already powering world-class cancer research programs which are
advancing our understanding of the disease and pointing to new, more
effective ways for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and
treatment," Nelson added.
Since 2009, the Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $59.1 million for the
BC Cancer Foundation and to date is the largest cycling fundraiser in
the province. The annual event draws thousands of participants who are
supported by hundreds of crew and volunteers and brings together
communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and
fundraise in order to participate in the two-day, 200 km Ride between
Vancouver and Seattle.
"At the age of 26, I heard the words 'you have cancer' and it was the
worst thing I have ever heard," said Eamonn Conrad, a third-year rider
"Thankfully through amazing research, I was able to overcome Ewings
Sarcoma and today I am cancer-free. I am back in The Ride, as this is
a life-changing event for myself and for all the people it helps. This
is the first time I can honestly say I owe my life to something and
taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer is my way of saying thanks to
everyone involved," Conrad added.
For the first time in B.C. The Ride features two finish lines. On
Sunday, Riders will choose to finish their 200 km journey in Seattle or
back in Vancouver. Also new this year is the involvement of Silver
Wheaton as the event's Presenting Sponsor. Silver Wheaton is a B.C.
company and long-time supporter of cancer research, treatment and care
in the province.
"Silver Wheaton has supported The Ride with a team for the past five
years," said Neil Burns, Vice President of Technical Services at Silver
"This year, our team the 'Silver Bullets' has grown to 28 employees and
friends. Each rider has a very personal and moving reason for
participating. Our company is proud to be the presenting sponsor of
the 2014 Ride To Conquer Cancer, and we are extremely pleased with this
year's fundraising for the BC Cancer Agency," Burns added.
Ride organizers released the dates of August 29th and 30th for the 2015 Ride, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to
"We invite everyone here and all British Columbians to join us next year
for our 7th annual Ride. Take a moment to stop by our re-registration tent today,
visit www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (888) 771-BIKE to get registered right away," Nelson
Ride organizers expect thousands of British Columbians to attend public
cheering stations along the route.
For a map of The Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca
ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION: The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic
support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the
fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest
charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors
to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact
on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We
fund with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the
lives of those affected by cancer.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY - The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services
Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing
the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those
living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program
for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners
to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early
detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive
care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.
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