1,742 Participants Raise $6.9 million in Inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation
Event becomes Alberta’s largest ever cycling fundraiser

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Calgary, AB (June 27, 2009)

NEWS FACTS
  • Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 1742 participants from across the province raised $6.9 million in the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer event.
  • Monies raised through The Ride to Conquer Cancer are used to support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies to directly benefit patients at the Cross Cancer Institute, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and 15 other cancer centres across the province.
  • Since nearly one in two Albertans will develop cancer in his or her lifetime, this province-wide event is a call to action.
  • After an uplifting Opening Ceremonies at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, participants embarked on the first 100 kilometres of their Ride along the Majestic Rockies. Tonight, they camp at Bar U Ranch and rest up for the final 80 kilometres on Sunday. Their weekend journey ends tomorrow when they cross the finish line between noon and 2 p.m. at Sierra West Cabins and Ranch Vacations. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Riders as they make their way to the finish.
  • Hundreds of Volunteers and Crew Members are on hand to provide support over the course of the two-day event including meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the roads, and comprehensive medical services.
  • The second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 26 to 27, 2010. For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact 888.624.BIKE [2453], or sign up online at conquercancer.ca
  • The Alberta Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to the cause: CTV, The Globe and Mail, AM770, Q107, Country105, CHED 630 Sports, 92.5 Joe FM, CISN, Volkswagen and Vitaminwater.

QUOTES
  • “The funds raised through The Ride to Conquer Cancer directly impact patient care here in Alberta by fueling research that advances treatment and prevention. We believe it is possible to conquer cancer in our lifetimes and the Riders today have put the energy behind that vision.” (John Osler, Honorary Ride Chair)
  • “The volunteers, crew members and local authorities ensure everyone’s safety. Coupled with the spirit and enthusiasm of the Riders, the Ride is a truly remarkable experience. Months of planning have gone into this event, from participant recruitment and training, to the route and Rider safety. It has been an amazing experience and I am grateful to all Albertans for making this event an enormous success in its first year. I want everyone to join me for next year and register today by visiting conquercancer.ca.” (Linda Mickelson, CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation)
  • “This event is for people who want to be part of an epic journey — conquering cancer. The funds raised will play a major role in advancing research here in Alberta. Thanks to the tremendous support from everyone involved in the Ride, researchers at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, can continue to work on finding answers to the critical questions about how we can better prevent and cure cancer.” (Dr. Nigel Brockton, cancer survivor, cancer researcher 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. Peter Forsyth, Associate Director of Research, Tom Baker Cancer Centre)

About the Alberta Cancer Foundation
The Alberta Cancer Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 other cancer centres throughout Alberta. The Foundation supports world-class cancer research, province-wide prevention and screening initiatives and cancer programs that benefit all Albertans.


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