4610 participants raise $17.5 million for The Princess Margaret in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Riders embark on the first half of epic, two-day journey

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June 11, 2011 (Toronto): Today, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation announced that 4610 participants raised $17.5 million in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. The event brings together men and women, of all athletic abilities, from across North American to cycle 200km/200miles in the fight to conquer cancer.

In its fourth year, The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer continues to be Canada’s most successful cycling fundraiser, raising over 62 million for The Princess Margaret since its inception.

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.

“The Princess Margaret is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, and our vision is to conquer cancer in our lifetime,” said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful of the donors, riders, corporate sponsors and volunteers for their generous commitment in supporting our vision.”

With ongoing support from The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, The Princess Margaret can allocate crucial funds for its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), which includes The Campbell Family Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research.

Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, and Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director for The Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Program, have a clear vision on where the money raised through the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will be best utilized.

“Funds raised through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will continue to support research platforms, such as, our world-leading clinical trials programs that support specific cancer types and a world class BioBank initiative,” said Dr. Bob Bell, President and CEO, University Health Network.

Today, riders are set to finish the first half of their two-day cycling journey from Toronto to Niagara. Camping at Mohawk College in Hamilton tonight, riders will rest halfway between their 200km or 200mile cycling route. Tomorrow, they will embark on the second half of the journey from Hamilton to Niagara Falls.

In 2011, Enbridge signed on as the title sponsor of The Ride to Conquer Cancer. Other official event sponsors and suppliers include CTV, The Globe and Mail, Q107, 102.1 The Edge, AM640, Bicycling,Pedal Magazine, KPMG, SUGOi, Norco, Advanced Tent Rentals, East Dell, GO, Steam Whistle, BionX and Desjardins Financial Services.

In the continued efforts to improve the Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer experience, for 2012, riders will be given the choice of six different route options, traveling between Toronto and Niagara. Register today for the 2012 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. For more information, please visit www.conquercancer.ca or phone 877.699.BIKE.

 





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About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. More information about The Foundation can be found at www.pmhf.ca.

About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, have achieved an international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Princess Margaret Hospital is a member of University Health Network which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. More information about UHN can be found at www.uhn.ca.

About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca.

 

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