Hospitals across the province to benefit from funds raised

For immediate release
Natasha MacDonald
Communications Coordinator

(Montreal, July 10) 1886 dedicated cyclists have raised a total of $ 6.7 million in the 3rd edition of The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, the Jewish General Hospital announced yesterday. The demanding but life-affirming two-day journey concludes today, as participants cross the finish line at École secondaire Donnacona between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

The cyclists embarked on the first half of their ride early yesterday morning in Repentigny. After covering approximately 120 kilometres, they arrived at l’Académie des Estacades in Trois-Rivières, where they enjoyed an array of activities and live entertainment before settling down to camp overnight. The second stretch of their ride began this morning as they continued through Quebec’s countryside. Hundreds of volunteers and crew members were also on hand to provide support over the course of the event.

“Words cannot describe how great an impact The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has had on our community,” says Jean Bouchard, captain of the CHUQ team. “By joining forces with the thousands of riders from across the province, the people of Quebec are doing their part to fight cancer, just as researchers from the CHUQ are. Let’s make next year even bigger by visiting www.conquercancer.ca and registering now.”

There is little doubt that the time for action is now. In 2011, an estimated 177, 800 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and 75,000 deaths will occur in Canada.

Participant Martin Michaud has seen first-hand how cancer can strike close to home. “I lost my mother and father to cancer,” says Martin, a three-year veteran of the Ride. “I do this for them and in hope that no one else will have to lose someone they love. To be a part of this event and to be immersed in all of its energy is truly amazing.”

Funds raised continue to drive crucial cancer research and the discovery of new cancer treatments across the province at the Jewish General Hospital, the CHUQ, the CHRTR and the CSSS de Gatineau.

“The commitment demonstrated by all our riders from western Quebec is so heartwarming,” says Pierre Madore, team captain of Gatineau contre la cancéro. “Their unprecedented devotion is playing an integral role in ensuring that patients and their families receive the support they deserve at the cancer centre at the Hôpital de Gatineau du CSSS de Gatineau.”

In the past three years, The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $19 million.

“I love seeing that more and more people from Mauricie and Quebec’s centre are getting involved in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, and exceeding their limits to support the oncology service at CHRTR,” explains Lisette Tremblay, President of the administrative council at the CHRTR Foundation. “We would like to thank the Ride organization for recognizing the impact this event has on our Foundation, as a portion of the funds raised will be used to exclusively help improve the service and care provided at the cancer centre of the Centre hospitalier regional de Trois-Rivières.”


For more information or to register for the 2012 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit www.conquercancer.ca

The Jewish General Hospital, the CHUQ, the CSSS de Gatineau and the CHRTR gratefully acknowledge event sponsors: Enbridge, KPMG, Sports Experts, SUGOI, Minogue Fit Time Nutrition, Norco, CTV, NRJ, Rock Détente, CJAD, Virgin, CHOM 97.7, Globe and Mail, Bicycling and Pedal.


About the Segal Cancer Centre:

The Segal Cancer Centre is a Quebec leader in implementing a focused and comprehensive approach to fighting cancer through medical treatment, patient care, family support and scientific research. A wide array of interrelated services are grouped in close proximity to one another, including screening and prevention, nutrition and rehabilitation, psychosocial support, symptom management, and public information. This integrated approach is considered by leading international medical experts to be one of the most effective and promising strategies in battling cancer.

About the Jewish General Hospital:

Now in its 77th year of providing Care for All, the Jewish General Hospital has been a mainstay of superior medical treatment for many generations of patients from all backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. Drawing on its expertise and experience as one of the province's largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, the JGH is committed to improving the level of care for all Quebecers through close collaboration with the government and its healthcare network. In this anniversary year, the Jewish General Hospital has also redoubled its commitment to ensuring that patients receive care of the highest quality in a clean, safe environment. The JGH has been able to deliver these pioneering and innovative services by strengthening its role as a McGill University teaching hospital, expanding and upgrading its facilities, and pursuing cutting-edge studies at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. For more information, please visit jgh.ca.

About the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec

The Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) plays a major role in fighting cancer, and serves over 1.7 million people throughout Quebec and Eastern Quebec. Most care and research services are provided at L’Hôtel-Dieu Hospital of Quebec. The Centre of Clinical Research and Evaluative Oncology (CCREO) was founded in November 2006, and maintains a staff of more than 50 oncologists, researchers and associates, who work closely with a team of researchers from the UHCG Cancer Research Department. Every year, over 50,000 patients and their families receive care at this unique facility specializing in diagnosis and treatment. The funds collected through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer® will benefit the development of the CCREO and the enhancement of research programs in the fields of oncology, X-ray and genomics at the CHUQ. For more information, please visit www.chuq.qc.cq

About the Centre hospitalier regional de Trois-Rivieres

CHRTR’s Foundation stands among the top 10 most influential Hospital Centre Foundations in Quebec by helping the acquisition of high-tech machines and equipment, which will help optimize the care and services offered to its patients. CHRTR holds a regional mandate in cancer research. The proceeds from The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer® will exclusively fund the enhancements of treatments in this sector. The optimization of care allows our patients to benefit from more accurate diagnosis and to receive more specialized treatments within the community, eliminating the need to commute to larger centres and benefit from the support of their friends and family. For more information, please visit www.chrtr.qc.ca

About the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau

The Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) de Gatineau’s Foundation was founded in 1984 with the mission to collect funds and support the CSSS to reach its goals that is the health and well-being of its community members. Proceeds from The Ride will go to innovative assessment and investigation projects towards breast diseases at the CSSS. For more information, please visit www.fondationsantegatineau.ca


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