OTTAWA, June 1, 2013 /CNW/ - 1,600 riders took part in this year's
Ottawa TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad raising more than $375,000 for the
fight against prostate cancer!
The sight of shining chrome and leather, and the roar of thunder was
unforgettable as the riders rode west in a police escorted parade
through the city of Ottawa led by Celebrity Ride Captain Eric the
Intern from CHEZ 106 and Grand Marshal Chris Phillips from the Ottawa
Senators. The TELUS Ride For Dad closed the day with a huge wind-up
event at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
The ride was 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. Twelve men will die from it today.
"Prostate cancer is a needless killer for men," said Darren Parson,
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. Men need to get checked,
they need to talk about it, and the TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad gives
them a reason to."
The TELUS 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 more than 30 cities in every province in the country and has
expanded to snowmobiles, ATVs and watercraft. Today, more than 100,000
men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $10
million to fight prostate cancer. Funds are used to benefit the
communities where they were raised.
"This Ride attracts hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from our region
that want to give back to their community and fight prostate cancer,
and non-riders also get involved by becoming champions, making
donations, joining the cheering section, or by volunteering at the
event," says Darren Parsons. "We've raised over $3 million for prostate
cancer research and awareness in the Ottawa region thanks to this
generous community, and we can't wait to do it again next year so we
can raise even more!"
The Ride is hoping to grow the funds to support prostate cancer research
and awareness over the month of June. Donations can be made at www.RideForDad.ca
SOURCE: Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Ottawa Chapter
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