The 7th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, which included more than 1,700 riders, raised $7.8 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in Canada. Cyclists traveled from Canada Olympic Park to Okotoks on August 8th and returned the next morning.
The funds raised will help the Alberta Cancer Foundation to invest strategically in cancer research, clinical trials and enhanced care at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centers across the province, said the officials.
"Every day, 43 Albertans hear the words 'you have cancer,' " said Myka Osinchuk, chief executive at the Alberta Cancer Foundation. "Thanks to crucial Ride dollars, the Alberta Cancer Foundation can continue to power research to speed up clinical trials, shorten recovery times and provide even better care for patients and families," said Osinchuk.
"The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is crucial to achieving the next advancements that will not only improve quality of life for patients and their families, but are also making life better for Albertans facing cancer."
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised more than $54 million for the cancer foundation in 7 years. Communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters train and fundraise for months to participate in the two-day annual event, a 200-kilometer ride.
"My life was suddenly impacted in 2014 when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer," said Billie Richardson, a first-year rider from Okotoks. "I finished my last chemotherapy session shortly after last year's Ride and was determined to participate in the 2015 Ride to Conquer Cancer. I am very grateful for all the doctors and nurses who were so compassionate and caring during my treatment. I now hope by raising funds to support breakthrough research, I can have an impact on others who are fighting the disease."
Organizers have released the dates of Aug. 6-7 for the 2016 Ride.