Ottawa's Motorcycle Ride for Dad launches their 2011 campaign for the fight against prostate cancer!

OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ - Ottawa's Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by TELUS, launched their 2011 fundraising campaign yesterday for prostate cancer research and awareness at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. The launch marked the beginning of their four week fundraising initiative to gather support and pledges for their motorcycle ride being held in Ottawa on Saturday, June 4th, 2011. The launch also recognized Dennis Jackson for his outstanding achievements in the fight against prostate cancer.

The ride will be a day of fun for a serious cause. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed men's cancer. One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with this disease, and twelve will die from it today. Successful treatment depends on early detection.

"Prostate cancer is a needless killer for men," said Darren Parsons, co-chair of the Ottawa chapter. "The more the community is aware and educated about prostate cancer, the less chance there is to lose the men in our lives to this terrible disease. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad not only raises funds to fight this disease, but it also gives men and their families a reason to talk about it."

"This Ride attracts thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from our region that want to give back to their community, but we also want non-riders to get involved by becoming a champion, making a donation, or volunteering at the event," says Mr. Parsons. "We've raised $2.2 million for prostate cancer research and awareness in the Ottawa region, and this year our objective is to raise an additional $400,000, and we need the communities support to reach these goals. We encourage everyone to reach deep into their pockets - do it for your dad, your brother, and your friends!"

A special Captain's Club award was presented to Dennis Jackson, the top fundraiser for the Motorcycle Ride for Dad nationally, for raising over $92,000. Mr. Jackson, the Scotiabank district vice president (Ottawa and West Quebec) is a member of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad National Advisory Board, past chair of the Ottawa United Way, and winner of the 2010 United Way Ottawa Volunteer of the Year Award. "We are honoured to have Dennis support our fight against prostate cancer, and to be able to recognize him as a Triple Diamond Captain's Club member," says Garry Janz, president of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad. "Like all of our riders Dennis knows how important it is for men to get checked. His support will save men's lives today, tomorrow, and for years to come!"

"The ride gives us an opportunity to talk to men, and their families, about prostate cancer and the importance of getting checked," says Dennis Jackson, Scotiabank district vice president (Ottawa and West Quebec). "I am honoured to be able to participate and contribute to this cause every year, and I'm proud of Scotiabank for their ongoing involvement both here in Ottawa and right across Canada."

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad is Canada's largest annual motorcycle event dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and awareness. From its humble beginnings, the Ride for Dad has grown to include 29 cities in every province in the country. Today, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $5 million to fight prostate cancer.

This year's Ottawa ride will begin at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, and will continue on to Almonte, Carleton Place, Smith Falls, Perth, Merrickville, and Kemptville, winding up at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. A cheering section at the Lincoln Heights Shopping Centre is being hosted by the Ottawa Firefighters Association from 9:00am-10am.

Motorcycle riders, prostate cancer patients and their families, and non-riders can learn more about participating and donating by visiting

SOURCE Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Ottawa Chapter

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