Largest cycling fundraiser in B.C. history helps the BC Cancer
foundation to fund life-saving research and enhancements to care at the
BC Cancer Agency.
VANCOUVER, June 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ride To Conquer Cancer announced
2,642 riders helped raise $10.4 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as
the fifth annual Ride commenced in British Columbia on Saturday. Funds
raised through B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser support life-saving
research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.
"We are extremely grateful to this incredible community of Riders, Crew
Members, Volunteers, and their extended networks of family and
supporters for helping to make our fifth annual Ride To Conquer Cancer
a remarkable success for the BC Cancer Foundation," said Douglas
Nelson, President & CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
"In just five short years, The Ride has generated over $50 million for
The BC Cancer Foundation and these funds have dramatically enhanced the
world-leading cancer research initiatives taking place at the BC Cancer
Agency. The impact is already being felt across the province
supporting discoveries that have advanced the understanding of cancer
and led to improved cancer care," Nelson added.
Each year, The Ride draws thousands of riders, crew members, volunteers
and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters
who train and fundraise in order to participate in the annual two-day,
200 km Ride from Vancouver to Seattle.
"My brother Colin, a father of two, courageously faced Burkitt's
Lymphoma for almost a year before he passed away," said Brad Burritt, a
third-year participant from Chilliwack, British Columbia.
"He showed incredible courage and strength, and I never heard him
complaining. Colin was always concerned for others first and in this
same mindset I am part of Team Burritt. My ride is the continuation of
Colins' journey," Burritt added.
Funds raised through The Ride are put to use immediately at the BC
Cancer Agency and power world-class research programs that seek to
improve prevention, early detection, and treatments.
Dr. Brad Nelson, Director of the BC Cancer Agency's Deeley Research
Centre leads an innovative research initiative that will harness the
combined power of genomics and the immune system to create new, more
effective cancer treatments.
With support from Ride funding, Dr. Nelson's lab is developing immune
based therapeutic vaccines to help eliminate cancer cells from the
"The use of genomic technologies allows us, the first time in history,
to create personalized vaccines that induce potent immune responses
against cancer, leading to better outcomes for our patients," Dr.
Moments before the start of The Ride, Nelson and event organizers
addressed thousands of participants and shared the fundraising and
participant totals for the 2013 event.
Ride organizers released the dates of June 14 and June 15 for the 2014
Ride, and opened registration for the event.
"We invite everyone here today and all British Columbians to join us
next year for the 6th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer," said Nelson.
"Take a moment today to register at our re-registration tent, visit our
2014 website at www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (888) 771-BIKE," Nelson added as thousands of Riders
cheered and the 2013 Ride commenced.
Ride organizers expect thousands British Columbians 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 (888) 771-BIKE (2453).
ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION: The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic
support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the
fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest
charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors
to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact
on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We
fund with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the
lives of those affected by cancer.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY: The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services
Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing
the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those
living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program
for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners
to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early
detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive
care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.
MEDIA PHOTOS FROM 2013 EVENT - CLICK HERE
MEDIA VIDEOS FROM 2013 EVENT - CLICK HERE
SOURCE: Ride to Conquer Cancer
For further information:
Senior Communications Manager