1886 CYCLISTS KICK OFF DAY TWO OF THE ENBRIDGE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER AFTER RAISING $6.7 MILLION
Hospitals across the province to benefit from funds raised
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(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.
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