2,252 Cyclists Raise $9.2 Million in Ride to Conquer Cancer

BC Cancer Foundation’s cycling fundraiser reaches record total

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Kate Harbinson
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June 19, 2010
For Immediate Release

News Facts:
  • The BC Cancer Foundation announced today that 2252 participants from across British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest raised $9.2 million in its second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, making it the most successful fundraising event in the Foundation’s history.
  • Funds raised for the Foundation through the two-day, 200-plus km cycling event will support a wide range of research initiatives and programs at the BC Cancer Agency. With more than one in three Canadians developing cancer in his or her lifetime, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has become a powerful call to action for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters.
  • After an inspiring Opening Ceremonies at the Guildford Town Centre in Surrey, riders embarked on the first leg of their journey south across the border and into Mount Vernon, WA where they will camp overnight tonight. Sunday morning they will rise early to complete their journey at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, just north of Seattle. Family, friends, and supporters will be on hand to meet and cheer on the riders as they arrive.
  • The third annual Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 18-19, 2011. Information and registration for next year is available by phone at 1-888-771-BIKE, or online at www.conquercancer.ca.
  • Mobile phone users can support The Ride to Conquer Cancer by texting <<conquer>> to 45678 to add a $5 donation to their mobile phone service bill. The gift goes directly to the BC Cancer Foundation to support research at the BC Cancer Agency, across British Columbia.
  • The BC Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges event sponsors: The Globe and Mail, CTV, Classic Rock 101, 99.3 The Fox, CKNW, Pedal, Bicycling, KPMG, Guildford Town Centre, Vitamin Water, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, rockdoc+, and Sugoi.
Quotes:
  • “The Ride is about making a significant impact and that is exactly what we have done here today,” said Douglas Nelson, the BC Cancer Foundation’s CEO and 2010 Ride participant. “The funds we have raised through this event will give a huge boost to key research projects and programs at the BC Cancer Agency that are focused on developing more effective therapies for patients.”
  • “The Ride to Conquer Cancer funds make an amazing difference,” said Dr. Kim Chi, a medical oncologist at the Agency’s Vancouver Centre and two-time Ride to Conquer Cancer participant. “Ride money will accelerate our work to bring new and more effective treatments to patients faster and to expand clinical research and clinical trials. As the Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Unit at the BC Cancer Agency‘s Vancouver Centre, I see every day the impact that new treatments can have on patients. ”
  • “As a cancer survivor, I made myself a promise to do something big for the BC Cancer Foundation, as everyone I encountered in the organization during my battle against cancer, was always selfless and compassionate,” says Greg Pallone, Ride to Conquer Cancer participant. “I wanted to acknowledge them publicly and The Ride to Conquer Cancer seemed like the best means to do that. This is my second year participating and last year, from the start line to the wind-up party at the finish; it was a memorable experience I’ll never forget.”
About The BC Cancer Foundation The BC Cancer Foundation, established in 1935, raises funds to support research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program for everyone in B.C. and Yukon.