Riders in British Columbia's largest cycling fundraiser seek donations
today in support of life-saving cancer research and enhancements to
care for all British Columbians
VANCOUVER, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Thousands of Canadians are donating to
The Ride to Conquer Cancer today as part of the event's third annual
"Epic Impact Day" in British Columbia. Funds raised through The Ride
are put to use immediately supporting life-saving cancer research and
enhancements to care for cancer patients in British Columbia.
"We are calling for all Canadians to identify a friend, family member or
colleague who is Riding and donate to their effort today at www.conquercancer.ca or by calling (888) 771-BIKE," said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO
of the BC Cancer Foundation.
"Last year, there were more than 177,000 new cancer cases diagnosed in
Canada and 75,000 Canadians passed away from the disease. These funds
are absolutely vital and are being put to use immediately supporting
world-class research initiatives and enhancements to care at the BC
Cancer Agency, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and
treatment, education, supportive and palliative care," Nelson added.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is the largest cycling fundraiser in British
Columbia's history, and in 4 years raised over $39.1 million for The BC
Cancer Foundation. 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.
Nelson says the BC Cancer Agency makes remarkable impacts on how
patients survive and live with cancer, and cites an urgent need to do
more in the areas of research, treatment, care and prevention.
"We are most-grateful to everyone who is generously donating today to
our Ride to Conquer Cancer riders as part of this year's third annual
Epic Impact Day," Nelson added.
Donations can be made at www.conquercancer.ca or by calling (888) 771-BIKE.
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About The BC Cancer Foundation:
The BC Cancer Foundation (www.bccancerfoundation.com) 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. As an independent
charitable organization, we raise funds exclusively for the BC Cancer
Agency that support innovative cancer research and compassionate
enhancements to patient care.
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
SOURCE: Ride to Conquer Cancer
For further information:
Communications Manager, The Ride To Conquer Cancer