Canada's largest cycling fundraiser draws 4,853 riders in support of
Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in
TORONTO, June 13, 2015 /CNW/ - The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
announced 4,853 riders raised $19,033,000 million for The Princess
Margaret Cancer Foundation as the eighth annual Ride commenced in
Ontario on Saturday. Funds raised through Canada's largest cycling
fundraiser support Personalized Cancer Medicine, the new gold standard
in cancer care, at The Princess Margaret, across Ontario, and around
"The Ride is a true testament to strength in numbers and we are so
grateful of the incredible community of riders, sponsors, donors, crew
members and volunteers for making our eighth annual Enbridge Ride to
Conquer Cancer an overwhelming success," said Paul Alofs, President and
CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
"Forty percent of Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer during their
lifetime. As one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, The
Princess Margaret is determined to continue asking the question that is
at the basis of all research: 'why?' Why is in our DNA at The Princess
Margaret. It is our mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime, and the
vital $19,033,000 million raised will help The Princess Margaret lead
the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine," Alofs added.
In eight years, The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raised over $138
million for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and over $281
million for cancer research, treatment, education 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-kilometre Ride between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
"I am participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer on behalf of my best
friend Sarah who died of adrenal gland cancer when she was only
19-years-old," said Caitlin Rosenbaum, a first-year participant from
"Sarah, who I met when I was five, lost her battle at The Princess
Margaret, so the fact that my Ride funds are immediately put to use at
this world-renowned cancer centre is very important to me, as The
Princess Margaret gave Sarah great care while she was being treated.
Sarah didn't get to finish university, but I will finish my first
200-kilometre Ride to Conquer Cancer in her memory. It's something I
just have to do," Rosenbaum added.
Enbridge is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer, since 2011.
Collectively more than 1,700 Enbridge employees, their friends and
their families have raised over $5.7 million for The Ride across
Canada. Sponsorship funds donated by Enbridge allow dollars raised by
Ride participants to support cancer programs at The Princess Margaret.
"The Ride's mission is very personal to Enbridge employees, along with
our community of friends and family members, as we have all been
touched by cancer in some form," said Glenn Beaumont, President of
Enbridge Gas Distribution.
"It is an honour to support The Princess Margaret as they are making
great strides every day to conquer this terrible disease. We are
celebrating the success of this year and look forward to The Ride every
year," added Beaumont.
Organizers released the dates of June 11th and 12th for the 2016 event, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to
participate in the ninth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.
"Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.ca or call us at 877-699-BIKE," Alofs concluded.
Ride organizers expect thousands of Ontarians to attend public cheering
stations from Toronto to Niagara Falls. For a map of the Ride routes,
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