The Fourth Annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raises $17.5 million for The Princess Margaret

4,610 participants finish their last leg of the two-day journey today in Niagara Falls

June 12, 2011 (Toronto): In its fourth year, the Ontario Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer continues to be Canada’s most successful cycling fundraiser. Yesterday, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation announced that 4,610 participants raised $17.5 million in the fight to conquer cancer.

Today on the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, between 11:30am-5:00pm, riders will cross the finish line, completing their two-day journey.

The vision of The Princess Margaret is to conquer cancer in our lifetime. “Forty-five per cent of Canadian men and forty per cent of Canadian women will develop cancer during their life,” said Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute. “Due to the support received through The Ride, we are able to continue to recruit and retain the best scientists, purchase the most modern equipment, and fund high-risk, high-gain research projects that typically are not supported by other funding agencies.”

Money raised through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer allows The Princess Margaret to allocate crucial funds in three key areas: programs, platforms and people. Supporting promising research programs such as Immunotherapy, platforms such as image-guided technology and robotic surgery, and funding for all those who are keeping up the momentum for continuous research, to maintain the position as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

“The community’s generosity has once again exceeded expectations and I am truly inspired by everyone who was a part of the success this weekend,” said Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. “We are in a critical fight, but with your generous support, we are closer to our mission of conquering cancer in our lifetime!”

Last night, riders camped overnight at Mohawk College in Hamilton, to rest half-way through their journey.

To provide even more people the opportunity to experience this life-changing event, for 2012, the event is expanding. Riders will be given the choice of six different route options, to experience the road from a new perspective. Help make an impact and register today.

For more information, please visit www.conquercancer.ca or phone 877.699.BIKE.

 

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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