Canada's largest cycling fundraiser draws 5,212 riders in support of
Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in
TORONTO, June 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
announced 5,212 riders helped raise $20 million for The Princess
Margaret Cancer Foundation as the 7th 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.
"The overwhelming success of our 7th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is a direct result of this
passionate and selfless community of riders, sponsors, donors, crew
members and volunteers who support our mission to conquer cancer in our
lifetime," said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret
"Two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and this year, over
76,000 Canadians will die from the disease. Through the creation and
implementation of the new gold standard in cancer care, the vital $20
million raised will help The Princess Margaret create and implement
Personalized Cancer Medicine, which allows The Princess Margaret to
detect cancers earlier, diagnose and target cancers more precisely and
to provide support to patients and their families," Alofs added.
In seven years, The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $119
million for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and over $240
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.
"In 2009 my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and in 2013, I
was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Most recently, my uncle succumbed
from multiple myeloma and amyloidosis," said Andrea Rodriguez, a
sixth-year rider from Oshawa.
"I am riding in 2014 to celebrate my life as a cancer survivor, to
honour my dad's ability to conquer cancer, to remember my uncle and to
fundraise for cancer research at The Princess Margaret. Unfortunately,
at some point in everyone's life, we're all going to be affected by
cancer and we need to conquer this disease before we lose more of our
loved ones," Rodriguez added.
Enbridge is the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer and since
2011, more than 1,000 Enbridge employees, their friends and families
have raised more than $3.6 million for The Ride across Canada.
Sponsorship funds donated by Enbridge enable more funds to be raised by
Ride participants to support cancer programs at The Princess Margaret.
"Enbridge is proud to be part of the remarkable success of this year's
Ride and we look forward to being a part of this incredible event next
year," said Glenn Beaumont, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution.
"Our community of employees, their families and friends are honoured to
support The Princess Margaret in their efforts to conquer cancer in our
lifetime," Beaumont added.
Ride organizers released the dates of June 6th and 7th for the 2015 Ride, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to
participate in the 8th 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 along the route. For a map of the Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca
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