The Princess Margaret unites Riders from across Canada and around the world for the 200km+ Ride to Conquer Cancer on June 10 and 11.
TORONTO, June 10, 2023 /CNW/ - More than 3,500 Riders left Exhibition Place in Toronto for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's 16th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, Canada's largest athletic fundraiser. So far, this year's event has raised $17.3 million for life-saving cancer research and care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Donations will continue to roll in for the remainder of the day.
As part of the "Riderless bike ceremony", in honour of someone who lost their life to cancer, Tim Martin?a 12-year Rider and the captain of team Ryley's Riders, and his wife Shannon, walked a toddler bike across the Exhibition Place start line to kick off the event in honour of their son Ryley who passed away from leukemia when he was two and a half years old.
"Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada ? two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. At The Princess Margaret, we have the power to change these statistics and the time to do it is now," says Dr. Miyo Yamashita, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. "We have learned more about cancer in the past decade than we have in the previous 50 years. Thanks to the effort and commitment of our Riders, researchers at The Princess Margaret can build on this momentum and generate research breakthroughs that will revolutionize cancer treatment and patient care both here and around the world."
Riders are en route to Hamilton, where they will camp overnight at McMaster University before embarking on the ride to the Niagara Falls' finish line Sunday morning.
The Event's oldest participant, Bill Wall?a blind 95-year-old Rider on a tandem bike, rode his 11th and last Ride.
"The Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised an astounding $267.3 million since its inception. While each Rider has their own reason for riding, we are all heading towards the same goal," says Steve Merker, Vice President of Corporate and Community Partnerships and Co-Founder of the Ride. "Every dollar raised will leave a lasting impact. We are grateful to our proud community of Riders, donors, and supporters."
Janet Bannister is a competitive triathlete, cyclist and is one of the Ride's 2023 Honourary Chairs: "It's truly inspiring to cross the start line with thousands of other Riders, not only from across Canada but joining us from countries around the world," she said. "We are all working towards the same goal, and I love the camaraderie and support that you feel from start to finish."
For this year's final fundraising amount, more event information and how to register for the 2024 Ride to Conquer Cancer visit www.ride2conquer.ca.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is Canada's largest and leading cancer charity, dedicated to raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, known for its groundbreaking research and cutting-edge patient care. Through philanthropy, events, our world-leading home lottery program, and commercialization initiatives, we are raising funds for life-saving cancer research that is saving more lives here in Canada and around the world. www.thepmcf.ca
For more information, please contact Stacey Sheehan, Senior Communications Coordinator at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, [email protected], 437-220-5751
Marina Jimenez, Director Communications at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, [email protected], 416-918-7313
SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
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