2280 cyclists raise $8.6 million in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation Sunday, June 26, 2011
Calgary, June 25, 2011
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Borjana Slipicevic, Western PR Coordinator
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
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Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 2280 participants raised $8.6 million in the third annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Since its inception in 2009, The Ride has made it possible for the Alberta Cancer Foundation to add nearly $8.5 million to its grants and awards program for Alberta cancer researchers.
Funds raised for the Foundation through the two-day cycling event will support breakthrough research and discovery of new cancer therapies, which will benefit treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Cross Cancer Institute. With 44 per cent of Canadian men and 39 per cent of Canadian women developing cancer in their lifetime, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has become a powerful call to action for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters.
“This is an epic event with a bold goal: a future free from cancer. With focused investment in research, we can accelerate discovery and push the boundaries of medical knowledge taking us closer to cancer-free lives. I am inspired by the passion that participants, crew and volunteers demonstrate and encourage everyone to support the riders on this journey and be a part of next year’s Ride by visiting www.conquercancer.ca,” said Nick Locke, Alberta Cancer Foundation Chief Development Officer.
Following opening ceremonies at Spruce Meadows, participants embarked on the first 100 kilometers of their ride along the majestic Rockies. Tonight, they camp at Chain Lakes Provincial Park as they rest up for the final 100 kilometres on Sunday. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow when they ride back to the finish line at Spruce Meadows. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Riders as they make their way to the finish. The majority of the riders are expected to cross the finish line between 11 am and 6 pm.
Events like the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer have been a major part in ensuring Alberta builds one of Canada’s strongest cancer research programs and is able to attract and retain top research and clinical talent to the province. Dr. Nigel Brockton is one of those researchers (and a rider) whose research program is supported by donors to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
“It is an honour to ride alongside our donors and patients, said Brockton. “The Ride sustains my work and that of other Alberta cancer researchers. It keeps us working on finding answers to why people get cancer, how we can prevent it, and how we can best treat it. And what we learn is translated into action right here in Alberta’s cancer centres.” said Brockton.
The fourth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 23 to 24, 2012. For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact 888.624.BIKE, or sign up online at www.conquercancer.ca
The Alberta Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges event sponsors: Enbridge, FirstEnergy, McCarthy Tetrault, Aux Sable, KPMG, SUGOI, Sport Chek, Stantec, Cimarron, WorleyParsons, Karo Group, Norco, CTV, Q107, Country 105, AM 770, 630 CHED Sports, CISN Country 103.9, 92.5 Joe FM, Globe and Mail, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Majestic Tents and Events.
About Alberta Cancer Foundation
The Alberta Cancer Foundation is Alberta’s own. It was established to advance cancer research province-wide and to directly support Alberta’s 17 cancer centres, including the Cross Cancer Institute and Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The Alberta Cancer Foundation acts on the knowledge that a cancer-free future is achievable and that when we get there depends on the focus and energy we put to it today.