The Ride to Conquer Cancer BC presented by Wheaton Precious Metals starts today in British Columbia. Organizers announced this morning that cyclists have raised over $8.3 million for the 9th annual ride.
The money will be used to advance cancer care for the people of BC. Watch this video that shows the spirit of excitement as 2,000 cyclists set off on a two-day adventure.
The funds will enable the BC Cancer Foundation to support more than 47 world-leading projects to advance research and care at the BC Cancer Agency, providing hope to the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia. Sarah Roth, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation says:
“With the growing number of people in our province undergoing cancer care this year, it’s moving to see the momentum our riders, donors, crew, volunteers, sponsors and supporters create in helping to save lives. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a movement and an agent of change, so whether you’re crossing the finish line this weekend or cheering on a loved one, know we are all on the same team, pedaling closer to a world free from cancer.”
The annual event sees thousands of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters come together to participate in the two-day, over 200-kilometre Ride. In nine years, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $85.3 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. Gina Whitaker, third time Rider from West Vancouver shared why she rides:
“My mother Filomena was diagnosed with extra-pulmonary small cell carcinoma in March 2015 and underwent seven rounds of palliative chemotherapy at the BC Cancer Agency. After three short months of reprieve from treatment and symptoms, the cancer spread to her brain. At 60-years-young, my mom died on World Cancer Day 2016. I am riding again this year with my father and my sister on Team Fight4Fil. We’re committed to keeping my mom’s legacy alive and giving back to the teams at the BC Cancer Agency who work with patients like my mom, each and every day.”
Since 2014, Wheaton Precious Metals has proudly been the presenting sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Sponsorship funds provided by Wheaton Precious Metals enable dollars raised by Ride participants to directly support cancer programs at the BC Cancer Agency.
The Wheaton Precious Metals team, The Silver Bullets, has participated in the event for eight years and collectively raised over $1.1 million. Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals and Captain of The Silver Bullets, says:
“We are honoured to support the BC Cancer Foundation in their efforts to progress breakthrough cancer research and enhancements to care. Together, we are making a significant difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in BC. Our commitment to cycling hundreds of kilometres and raising funds is driven by the personal connection each one of us shares with the disease. Every year, we continue to be inspired by the stories of hope and courage. Wheaton Precious Metals is a dedicated partner of the Ride and we sincerely thank the Ride community for contributing to the success of the event. We hope you will join us again in 2018 for the 10th anniversary.”
New for 2018, the BC Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce an all-BC route, which will offer participants a new cycling experience and welcome first-time, local participants and partners to the 10th annual event, commemorating the milestone and looking ahead to the next decade of fundraising success.
Time to Start Training for the 10th Annual Ride in 2018!
The 10th annual Ride will take place August 25 and 26, 2018. People of all athletic abilities are encouraged to participate. To register for the 10th annual Ride click here or call (888) 771-BIKE.
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