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THE JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL’S 2018 ENBRIDGE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER RAISES OVER $4.8 MILLION IN ANNUAL EVENT.

NEARLY $56 MILLION OVER 10 YEARS – Quebec’s largest multi-day cycling fundraiser draws 1,308 riders in 10th annual event.

MONTREAL, July 7, 2018 – This weekend marked the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer’s 10th anniversary. Today, the Jewish General Hospital Foundation today announced that this year’s event’s 1,308 riders raised over $4.8 million. The riders started their 200-km ride from Repentigny near Montreal on Saturday July 7 and arrived in St. Augustin de Desmaures on Sunday, July 8.

Over the past 10 years, the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised nearly $56 million benefiting the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre and its partners across Quebec. The funds are essential to providing support for vital cancer research, treatment, care and prevention. The Ride is Quebec’s largest multi-day cycling fundraiser and is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event. Across Canada the event has raised over $400 million since 2008.

“This weekend we celebrate 10 epic years of commitment and passion. Over the last decade 15,351 participants have cycled with us in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. These numbers are impressive and clearly, so are the results. On behalf of the JGH Foundation, thank you to each participant, volunteer, crew member, donor and sponsor.  You are the ones who fuel the life-changing outcomes made possible by the Ride,” said Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.

“Funds raised through the Ride support our world-leading doctors, researchers and scientists. They, in turn, develop new technologies in the areas of molecular diagnostics, functional imaging, biomarkers, molecular target discovery and validation, and advance targeted radiation therapy. The Jewish General Hospital is a trailblazer in Quebec when it comes to its focused and comprehensive approach to fighting cancer. Thanks to Ride funding we are able to put in place the most promising cancer research programs and treatments. We are making great strides towards conquering cancer,” added Bicks.

“My brother passed away in 2017 shorty after receiving a brain cancer diagnosis. Only a few months later after losing him, I learned my other brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was surreal. I could not help but feel discouraged, seeing how cancer had stricken the two strongest men. I felt helpless. There was nothing I could do – or so I believed in that moment,” said Michel Houle, first-year participant from Laval, QC.

“Soon after, I was able to get myself together and that is when I decided I had to do something that would allow me to remain hopeful and be strong for my brother. That is when I made the decision to join the Ride. I didn’t look back and focused on my training. I am so proud to have been able to fundraise almost double my initial goal in only a few short months. In the Ride’s 10th year, I am riding for the first time. I am riding to honour my late brother and keep my other brother’s hope alive while he deals with his cancer. I dream that one day he and I will do the Ride together!” concluded Houle.

Since 2011, Enbridge has been the title sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Over 2,500 Enbridge employees, their friends and families have raised almost $8.8 million for the Ride across Canada.

“We are proud of our role as title sponsor for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. We’re committed to supporting the life-changing work taking place at the Jewish General Hospital, and are pleased to announce that we’ve renewed our sponsorship agreement for the Ride. Congratulations to everyone involved in the success of the Ride’s 10th anniversary, here in Quebec,” said Scott Dodd, Team Captain and Director of Business Development at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

“As avid supporters of the cause and members of the community, we are committed to conquering cancer. Our employees, family and friends take on the 200-kilometre challenge throughout Québec because we all know someone who has been affected by cancer. We hope others will become a part of this unstoppable community in 2019,” added Dodd.

Organizers released the dates for the 2019 edition. They encourage people of all athletic abilities to set aside July 6 and 7 to experience the 11th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. For more details visit www.conquercancer.ca or call 1-866-996-8356.

Ride organizers, as has been the case in years past, expect hundreds of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.ca

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THE ENBRIDGE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER ANNOUNCES $4.1 MILLION RAISED AS 9TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN MONTREAL

Quebec’s largest multi-day cycling fundraiser draws 1,100 riders and supports vital cancer research, treatment, care and prevention programs at the Jewish General Hospital and its partners across Quebec.

MONTREAL, July 8, 2017 – The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer announces 1,100 riders raised $4.1 million for the Jewish General Hospital, as the ninth annual Ride commenced in Montreal on Saturday. Funds raised through Quebec’s largest multi-day cycling fundraiser support vital cancer research, treatment, care and prevention programs at the Jewish General Hospital and its partners across Quebec.

“An estimated 51,900 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Quebec this year, but together, this outstanding community of riders, sponsors, donors, crew members and volunteers are working to change that.” said Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.

“The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is about camaraderie and perseverance, and with ongoing commitment from the Ride community, the Jewish General Hospital will continue to make breakthroughs in cancer research and continue to improve how a patient lives with cancer. Funds raised through the Ride allow our world-leading doctors, researchers and scientists to develop new technologies every day, in the areas of molecular diagnostics, functional imaging, biomarkers, molecular target discovery and validation, and advanced targeted radiation therapy.” Bick added.

In nine years, the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raised more than $51 million for cancer programs at the Jewish General Hospital and its partners across Quebec. The annual event draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise year-round in order to participate in the two-day, 200-kilometre ride from Montreal to Quebec City. With events also in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, the Ride event series has raised over $363 million for cancer research, treatment, education and care programs across the country since 2008 and is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraiser.

“Five years ago, I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma and I am here today because of the innovative cancer programs at the Jewish General Hospital, I underwent five surgeries, radiosurgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, all through the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre. I am so proud to be riding on Team Ulterïa in support of the world-leading centre that saved my life. Completing the Ride is an experience unlike any other, and continuing to cross the finish line as a cancer survivor has become a highlight for me, every year.” said Sylvain Gagnon, a fourth year Ride participant from Montreal.

Since 2011, Enbridge has been the title sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Collectively, almost 2,000 Enbridge employees, their friends and their families have raised over $7.7 million for the Ride across Canada. Sponsorship funds provided by Enbridge allow dollars raised by Ride participants to support cancer programs at the Jewish General Hospital.

“Enbridge is proud to support the leading-edge work being done at the Jewish General Hospital. Every year, our employees, friends and family cycle over 200-kilometres throughout Quebec because each of us has a personal connection to cancer. We are committed to supporting the people of Quebec, and of Canada, who hear the words, ‘You have cancer.’ The Ride to Conquer Cancer unites us all, and we hope others will join us in 2018 for the 10th edition.” said Scott Dodd, Director, Business Development at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Hugo Barrette, Canadian Olympian Track-Cyclist and World Cup Medalist, participated in the 2017 Ride, as the official Ride Ambassador. Fellow Olympians, Benoit Huot, Marie-Andrée Lessard, Isabelle Charest, Marie-Ève Marleau, Evelyne Boisvert, Danek Nowosielski and Tania Vicent joined Hugo in the two-day Ride journey, to offer their support in the fight to conquer cancer.
Organizers released the dates of July 7 and 8 for the 2018 Ride, and encourage people of all athletic abilities to participate in the 10th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“We are so thrilled to honour the Ride’s 10th anniversary next July and hope everyone will join us in the 2018 event by visiting www.conquercancer.ca or call us at (866) 996-8356.” Bick concluded.

Ride organizers expect hundreds of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.ca.

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ABOUT THE RIDE

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is Quebec’s largest multi-day cycling fundraiser. It is a two-day, 200 km Ride between Montreal and Quebec City, benefiting the Jewish General Hospital taking place July 7 and 8, 2018. The Ride brings together communities of riders, survivors and their supporters for one common goal: to conquer cancer. Funds raised through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer support vital cancer research, treatment, care and prevention programs at the Jewish General Hospital and its partners across Quebec. The world-leading doctors, researchers and scientists at the Jewish General Hospital are working to develop new technologies in the areas of molecular diagnostics, functional imaging, biomarkers, molecular target discovery and validation, and advanced targeted radiation therapy. Our epic journey is helping to conquer cancer.

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