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The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer Raises $20,533,000

10/06/2017


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The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer announces $20,533,000 raised in annual event, collectively raising over $175 million in 10 years.

Canada’s largest cycling fundraiser draws 5,042 riders in 10th annual event, cycling over 200 kilometres in two days and supporting personalized cancer medicine at princess margaret cancer centre in Toronto 


TORONTO, June 10, 2017 - The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer announces a record-breaking 5,042 riders raise $20,533,000 for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation as the 10th annual Ride commenced in Ontario on Saturday. In 10 years, the Ontario Ride has raised over $175 million to support Personalized Cancer Medicine, research, treatment advances, education and new standards of care at The Princess Margaret, across Ontario, and around the world. Nationally, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $359 million to-date and is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event. 

“Throughout the last decade, 44,330 participants have cycled with us in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and today, this outstanding community is honouring 10 epic years of passion, perseverance and transformation, supporting The Princess Margaret, one of the top-five cancer research centres in the world,“ said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

“We at The Princess Margaret use the term transformational when referencing our leaders and builders in Canada’s cancer space, but also in reference to our donors and events, such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer. We have been amazed by the Ride’s impact in 10 years and everyone’s ongoing efforts and dedication enables transformational change.  

In the past 15 years, survival rates for all cancers have improved from 53% to 60%, showing tangible improvements. Ongoing funds raised through the Ride help fund science and research at The Princess Margaret, which is a major contributing factor to the advancements in treatment and regular perseverance in research is getting us to the finish line, to conquer cancer in our lifetime. We have an immense gratitude for all participants, volunteers, crew members, donors and sponsors who are a part of the Ride community and its life-changing impacts,” added Alofs. 

The annual Ride in Ontario draws thousands of participants from around the world and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise year-round to participate in the two-day, 200+ kilometre cycling journey between Toronto and Niagara Falls. 

For the first time in Ride to Conquer Cancer history, 10-year riders met at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on Saturday morning for a unique start-line experience, celebrating their decade-long commitment. The group then cycled to the Ride’s traditional opening ceremony at Exhibition Place, joining fellow 2017 participants. In honour of their dedication to The Princess Margaret, 10-year riders were also awarded platinum cycling helmets.  

“I signed up for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2008 at the age of 19 to honour my mother who was living with melanoma and I’ve continued to ride for 10 years because research is what gave me extra time with her,” said Lauren Waldron, 10-Year Rider from Burlington. 

“After the melanoma spread to my mother’s brain, she participated in a clinical trial that has resulted in a standard method of treatment for current patients. Though she died in 2014, my mother was passionate about giving back and never giving up. She took part in the clinical trial because she knew it could benefit other patients and families like ours. For 10 years, I’ve been raising funds and cycling for The Princess Margaret because I believe in the work being done at this world-renowned cancer research centre. No matter how hard the inclines get or how tired my legs feel, I keep pedaling. I know if my mom had the chance, she’d keep pedaling too,” Waldron added.  

Enbridge has been the title sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer, since 2011. Collectively 2,000 Enbridge employees, their friends and their families have raised over $7.6 million for the Ride across Canada. 

“Enbridge continues to be proud of the Ride to Conquer Cancer’s tremendous success and we congratulate everyone involved in the event as together, we’re making a remarkable difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Cancer does not discriminate and thousands of Canadians, including our own employees, loved ones and friends, have been personally impacted by this disease. Enbridge is honoured to support Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and we’re thrilled to be a part of the Ride’s 10th anniversary with such an inspiring community,” said Dave Charleson, Vice President Energy Supply and Customer Care at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Organizers released the dates of June 9 and 10 for the 2018 event, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to participate in the 11th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. For more details visit www.conquercancer.ca or call 877-699-BIKE.


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Leviana Coccia, Communications Manager. 
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