1701 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $6.9 MILLION IN RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER
BC Cancer Foundation hosts largest ever Can-Am cycling fundraiser

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Media Contact: Kate Harbinson
T: 877.500.7545
Email: kharbinson@conquercancer.ca

Media Contact: Jackson Wightman
T: 866.324.2939
Email: jwightman@endcancer.ca


VANCOUVER, B.C. (June 20, 2009)

NEWS FACTS
  • The BC Cancer Foundation announced today that 1701 participants from across B.C. and the Pacific Northwest raised $6.9 million in B.C.’s first Ride to Conquer Cancer, an epic cycling journey from Vancouver to Seattle.
  • The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a fundraiser for cancer research in British Columbia and Washington state. Funds raised by Canadian Riders will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation to support research and patient care at the BC Cancer Agency. This money will drive crucial cancer research and help develop new cancer treatments at the BC Cancer Agency, Canada’s only cancer control organization dedicated to both cancer research and patient care. Funds raised by U.S. Riders will be donated to the Canary Foundation to support early detection cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
  • The Ride is rightly viewed as a call to action. With 44 percent of Canadian men and 39 percent of Canadian women developing cancer in their lifetime, the need for high impact fundraisers like this event has never been more acute.
  • After a motivational Opening Ceremonies outside the Guildford Town Centre, participants embarked on the first leg of their journey, riding across the border and into Mount Vernon where they will rest at camp tonight.
  • Sunday morning Riders will rise early to complete their journey at the University of Washington in Seattle. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Riders as they make their way to the finish line.
  • The second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting BC Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 19 - 20, 2010. For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact [888] 771-BIKE [2453], or sign up online at conquercancer.ca.
  • The BC Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to the cause: CTV, The Globe and Mail, 99.3 The Fox, CKNW, Classic Rock 101, Volkswagen, BC Ferries, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Clearly Contacts and RockDoc+. The BC Cancer Foundation would also like to thank the gracious partners of the event: Maple Ridge Chrysler, Vitaminwater, Barefoot Wine, ZipCar, Healthy Bagels, Guildford Town Centre, Norco and BCAA.

QUOTES
  • “Monies raised through The Ride to Conquer Cancer allow us to support otherwise under-funded areas of research. With this year’s funds the BC Cancer Foundation will support research into all types of cancer including recent advances made by the BC Cancer Agency towards better identifying cancer sub-types, improving personalized treatment and developing new therapies for patients of all ages.” Nick Locke, Senior VP of Development at the BC Cancer Foundation and rider.
  • “This multi-day event is for people wanting to do something bold in the fight against cancer. Progress in research needs a sustained commitment over years to combat cancer and we are truly grateful for the support from our participants and donors.” Dr. Kim Chi, medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre.
  • “The funds raised from this event will play a huge role in advancing research. Thanks to the tremendous support from everyone involved in The Ride, we can help researchers at the BC Cancer Agency and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center find the treatments and cures that will help make cancer history.” Dr. Kim Chi, medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre.
  • “The generosity of the community this year has exceeded expectations. We thank the donors, Riders and their families for their incredible support of our mission to conquer cancer.” Nick Locke, Senior VP of Development at the BC Cancer Foundation and rider.
  • “Months of planning have gone into this event, from the route and street safety, to providing Pit Stops for Riders to rehydrate and refuel. It has been an amazing experience and I am thankful to the community for making this event an enormous success in its first year. I want everyone to join me next year and register today for the 2010 Ride by visiting conquercancer.ca” Nick Locke, Senior VP of Development at the BC Cancer Foundation and rider.

About the BC Cancer Foundation
The BC Cancer Foundation, established in 1935, raises funds to support research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program for everyone in B.C. and Yukon.


About the Canary Foundation
Canary Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging. Canary’s vision is a world with simple tests that identify and isolate cancer at its earliest most curable stage and its mission is to deliver early detection tests for solid tumor cancers by 2015. Canary’s collaborative international research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Visit canaryfoundation.org to learn more.

About Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other related diseases. Hutchinson Center researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and the world. Visit fhcrc.org to learn more.


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