August 29, 2015
THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER PRESENTED BY SILVER WHEATON ANNOUNCES $8.4 MILLION RAISED AS 7TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,087 riders and supports breakthrough research and enhancements to care through the BC Cancer Foundation.
VANCOUVER, August 29, 2015 - The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton announced 2,087 riders helped raise $8.4 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the seventh annual Ride commenced in British Columbia on Saturday. Funds raised through B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser support breakthrough cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.
“One in fifteen British Columbians has helped to make The Ride to Conquer Cancer the largest fundraiser for cancer research in our province. Thanks to a remarkable commitment from riders, donors, volunteers, crew members and leading edge researchers, we are helping to change the story for those facing cancer today with lives saved, lives extended and cancers prevented,” said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
“For each of the 25,000 British Columbians who will hear the words, ‘you have cancer’ this year, the BC Cancer Foundation is here to ensure that researchers and clinicians at the BC Cancer Agency have the funds needed to re-invent the standard of care through leading-edge research. With $8.4 million raised this year, we will help make cancer a manageable disease through highly personalized approaches to treatment,” Nelson added.
In seven years, The Ride to Conquer Cancer raised $70 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. The annual event draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate in the two-day, 200km Ride between Vancouver and Seattle.
“My life changed forever when in June 2014 I was diagnosed with stage III appendix cancer,” said Naarah Schmidt, a first year participant from North Vancouver.
“Before my first round of chemotherapy, a friend gave me a necklace with the words ‘Strong Spirit’ engraved on its pendant. I wear it every day as a reminder to remain strong, no matter the circumstances. Cancer research has benefitted me greatly, so I’m excited that through this ride I have the chance to give back and help support the BC Cancer Foundation. It is changing and saving lives every day," Schmidt added.
After many years of supporting ‘The Silver Bullets’, a riding team consisting of mining industry members and family and friends, Silver Wheaton became the presenting sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014. Nearly 50 members of The Silver Bullets have participated in The Ride in the past six years and have collectively raised over $700,000. Sponsorship funds donated by Silver Wheaton allow dollars raised by Ride participants to directly support cancer programs at the BC Cancer Agency.
“The Ride’s mission is very personal to Silver Wheaton employees as many of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and we are passionate about supporting an event that is dedicated to conquering the disease,” said Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Silver Wheaton, and captain of The Silver Bullets.
“Silver Wheaton is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Ride to Conquer Cancer, and we are extremely thankful for everyone’s fundraising efforts for the BC Cancer Agency this year,” Smallwood added.
Organizers released the dates of August 27th and 28th for the 2016 Ride, and encouraged people of all athletic abilities to participate in the eighth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.
"Register today at our re-registration tent, visit us online at www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (888) 771-BIKE,” Nelson concluded.
Ride organizers expect thousands of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca
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June 14, 2014
THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER PRESENTED BY SILVER WHEATON ANNOUNCES $9.1 MILLION RAISED AS 6TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN BC
B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,104 Riders and supports cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care through the BC Cancer Foundation.
VANCOUVER, June 14, 2014 - The Ride To Conquer Cancer presented by Silver Wheaton announced 2,104 riders helped raise $9.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the sixth annual Ride commenced in British Columbia on Saturday. Funds raised through B.C.'s largest cycling fundraiser support cutting-edge cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.
“We are so grateful to this passionate community who helped make the 6th annual Ride To Conquer Cancer a success. Together they are changing the face of cancer in B.C.,” said Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
“Over 24,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Thank you for stepping up to create a strong momentum to raise funds for cancer research that is improving the lives of patients and families across the province. The $9.1 million raised this year is already powering world-class cancer research programs which are advancing our understanding of the disease and pointing to new, more effective ways for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment,” Nelson added.
Since 2009, the Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $59.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and to date is the largest cycling fundraiser in the province. The annual event draws thousands of participants who are supported by hundreds of crew and volunteers and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise in order to participate in the two-day, 200 km Ride between Vancouver and Seattle.
“At the age of 26, I heard the words ‘you have cancer’ and it was the worst thing I have ever heard,” said Eamonn Conrad, a third-year rider from Vancouver.
Thankfully through amazing research, I was able to overcome Ewings Sarcoma and today I am cancer-free. I am back in The Ride, as this is a life-changing event for myself and for all the people it helps. This is the first time I can honestly say I owe my life to something and taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer is my way of saying thanks to everyone involved,” Conrad added.
For the first time in B.C. The Ride features two finish lines. On Sunday, Riders will choose to finish their 200 km journey in Seattle or back in Vancouver. Also new this year is the involvement of Silver Wheaton as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Silver Wheaton is a B.C. company and long-time supporter of cancer research, treatment and care in the province.
"Silver Wheaton has supported The Ride with a team for the past five years," said Neil Burns, Vice President of Technical Services at Silver Wheaton.
"This year, our team the 'Silver Bullets' has grown to 28 employees and friends. Each rider has a very personal and moving reason for participating. Our company is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Ride To Conquer Cancer, and we are extremely pleased with this year's fundraising for the BC Cancer Agency," Burns added.
Ride organizers released the dates of August 29th and 30th for the 2015 Ride, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to register.
“We invite everyone here and all British Columbians to join us next year for our 7th annual Ride. Take a moment to stop by our re-registration tent today, visit www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (888) 771-BIKE to get registered right away," Nelson concluded.
Ride organizers expect thousands of British Columbians to attend public cheering stations along the route.
For a map of The Ride routes, visit www.conquercancer.ca
ABOUT THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION CLICK HERE - The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
ABOUT THE BC CANCER AGENCY - The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca
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June 15, 2013
The Ride to Conquer Cancer announces $10.4 million raised as 2,642 Riders commence the 5th annual ride in British Columbia
Largest cycling fundraiser in B.C. history helps the BC Cancer foundation to fund life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.