The largest cycling fundraiser in Canada draws 5,020 riders and supports
Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in
TORONTO, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer
announced 5,020 riders helped raise $19.1 million for The Princess
Margaret Cancer Foundation as the sixth annual Ride commenced in
Ontario on Saturday. Funds raised through Canada's largest cycling
fundraiser support Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre.
"We extend our utmost gratitude and well wishes to this incredible
community of Riders, Crew Members, Volunteers, and their extended
networks of family and supporters for helping to make the sixth annual
Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer an overwhelming success," said Paul
Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
"This year over 187,600 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Canada,
and 75,500 Canadians will die from this horrid disease. As one of the
top 5 cancer research centres in the world, The Princess Margaret is
determined to conquer cancer in our lifetime. This vital $19.1 million
raised is already powering Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre, enabling the continuity of world-leading
research, treatment advances, education and new standards of care right
here in Toronto," Alofs added.
In six years, The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $99.3
million for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and over $194.6
million for cancer research, treatment and care programs across the
country. The annual event draws thousands of participants 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 Toronto and Niagara Falls.
"My cousin Jennifer was diagnosed with stage II Lymphoma and battled the
disease for almost five years before passing away at the age of 27,"
said Joanna Kadwell, a first-year participant from Oakville, Ontario.
"Jennifer was the first to donate to my fundraising goal but she sadly
lost her fight in October, on my 16th birthday. She fought a long and
brave battle and I miss her every day. I am participating in The Ride
to honour my role model, and I only hope that funds raised can prevent
others from leaving us too soon," Kadwell added.
Funds raised through 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 support to patients and
"Our personalized treatment and care programs make a substantial impact
on cancer patient outcomes," says Dr. Jonathan Irish, Head of Surgical
Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
"These vital funds raised support the continuity of our world-leading
research programs, including immune therapy, stem cell and tumour
hypoxia programs. Our research platforms incorporate the latest in
image-guided technology and robotic surgery, while our clinical trials
support specific cancer types through our world-class BioBanke. Funds
raised through The Ride also support over 150 highly-skilled clinical
scientists and over 1,000 team members who are employed through our
research initiatives," Dr. Irish added.
In 2011, "The Ride To Conquer Cancer" became known as "The Enbridge Ride
To Conquer Cancer" when Enbridge became the National Title Sponsor.
"Enbridge employees and our community of friends and family members
celebrate this overwhelming success for The Princess Margaret Cancer
Foundation," said Guy Jarvis, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution.
"We are honoured to support The Princess Margaret in its valiant
initiative to conquer cancer in this lifetime, and we offer our thanks
and gratitude to the critical, world-leading cancer programs it's
leading," Jarvis added.
Alofs says all sponsorships are vital components to all charitable
initiatives because they help pay for the event costs.
"We are beyond grateful to all our sponsors for their support. The
generous contributions from Enbridge and all of our sponsors enable
more funds raised through The Ride to support vital cancer programs at
The Princess Margaret," Alofs added.
Moments before the start of The Ride, Alofs and event organizers
addressed thousands of participants simultaneously in Toronto and
Niagara Falls to share the fundraising and participant totals for the
Ride organizers released the dates of June 7th and 8th for the 2014 Ride, and opened registration for the event.
"We extend a warm welcome to everyone here today and hope you all will
join us next year for the 7th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer," said Alofs.
"Register today at our re-registration tent, visit our 2014 website at www.conquercancer.ca or call us at 877 699 BIKE," Alofs concluded as thousands of Riders
cheered and the 2013 Ride commenced.
Ride organizers expect thousands Ontarians to attend public cheering
stations along the route. For a map of the Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca.
To register, donate or request information, visit www.conquercancer.ca or call (877) 699-BIKE (2453).
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