Cycles of Life
Huge bicycle contingent rides through Chilliwack in support of cancer
Despite steady rain, Chilliwack residents were out cheering on riders Sunday.
MARICRUZ VASQUEZ—CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY—VOICE PHOTOS
he Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Wheaton Precious Metals announced over 2,500 riders raised $10.6 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the 10th annual Ride commenced in Chilliwack on Sunday.
In 10 years, the BC Ride has raised over $96 million to support more than 47 world-leading research projects underway at BC Cancer, advancing care and providing hope to the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia.
“Over 10 epic years the Ride to Conquer Cancer has been changing outcomes for British Columbians facing cancer. The Ride and its thousands of participants, tens of thousands of donors, gives families hope that together we can conquer this disease," said Sarah Roth, President and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.
We Ride and raise money honouring the loved ones we’ve lost and with confidence that we’re giving the incredible scientists and clinicians at BC Cancer the power to save lives.”
We have been amazed by the Ride’s impact in 10 years and thank all riders, donors, crew, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, for your commitment and contribution as we pedal to break down cancer and change the outcome,” added Roth.
The annual event sees thousands of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters come together to participate in the two-day, over 200-kilometre journey. New to 2018 and for the first-time in the Ride’s 10-year history, an all-BC route, which offered participants a cycling experience through the scenic Fraser Valley and welcomed first-time local participants and partners. Participants started in Vancouver and will end in Hope on Sunday afternoon, where family and friends will cheer them across the finish line.
Wheaton Precious Metals became the presenting sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014. Their team The Silver Bullets has raised a total over $1 million in nine years. Sponsorship funds donated by Wheaton Precious Metals are critical and enable funds raised by Ride participants to directly support the world-leading work of experts at BC Cancer.
“Wheaton Precious Metals is incredibly proud to sponsor this outstanding event and we congratulate everyone involved in the success of the Ride’s 10th year,” said Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals and captain of The Silver Bullets.
“We all have a personal connection to cancer and by getting on our bikes to raise crucial dollars to support ground-breaking research, we continue to witness breakthroughs that are saving lives every day. Wheaton Precious Metals is committed to doing our part in the efforts to conquer cancer and we hope you will join us in 2019,” Smallwood added.
The 11th annual Ride will take place August 24 and 25, and encourages people of all athletic abilities to participate. To register for the 11th annual Ride visit www.conquercancer.ca or call (888) 771-BIKE.
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