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UHN Vice President and Chief Information Officer Lydia Lee poses with her bike at The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer. (Photo: UHN)
Over 5,020 riders participated in The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer with the common goal of supporting cancer research and Personalized Cancer Medicine at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
The 6th annual Ride commenced in Ontario on Saturday, and helped raise $19.1 million for Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
"This year over 187,600 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in Canada, and 75,500 Canadians will die from this horrid disease," said Paul Alofs, president and CEO of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
"As one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is determined to conquer cancer in our lifetime."
In six years, The Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer raised over $99.3 million for Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and over $194.6 million for cancer research, treatment and care programs across the country.
'Personalized Cancer Medicine'
Funds raised through The Ride support Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's creation and implementation of Personalized Cancer Medicine, which detects cancers earlier, diagnoses cancers more precisely, targets treatments more specifically and provides comprehensive support to patients and their families.
"Our personalized treatment and care programs make a substantial impact on cancer patient outcomes," says Dr. Jonathan Irish, Head of Surgical Oncology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Funds raised through The Ride also support over 150 highly-skilled clinical scientists and over 1,000 team members who are employed through our research initiatives," Dr. Irish added.
'More to come'
Ride organizers released the dates of June 7th and 8th for the 2014 Ride, and opened registration for the event.
You can register for the 2014 event at www.conquercancer.ca or phone 877-699-BIKE.