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Epic Impact Day is an annual Ride celebration of what we can accomplish when we come together to conquer cancer in our lifetime.

Rider Daniel Opoku has experienced firsthand both the impact of cancer and the difference that cutting-edge research and treatment can make. Through The Ride, he’s determined to pay it forward to the Jewish General Hospital in appreciation for his outstanding—and ongoing—cancer care.

This is my fifth time participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer. I’m committed because the Segal Cancer Centre and the Jewish General Hospital have positively impacted me.

Not only do I have a personal connection to The Ride, but I also know many people who work at the centres and can see firsthand the great things they are doing there to conquer cancer.

I know all of this because I’m a patient there.

I was diagnosed in 2011 with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, a disease that will impact me for the duration of my life. That’s the best way to sum it up. I’ve had major surgery, chemotherapy and medical procedures to treat the cancer, but the treatment plan will only continue.

When I hear the phrase “Epic Impact,” I think of the impact that the Segal Cancer Centre has had on my life, and I am compelled to give back. Participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer is my way of saying thank you to the very people who continue to help me…

Strength in numbers.

It’s how we make an impact for cancer patients and their families across Quebec, and it’s why Fred is teaming up for The Ride to Conquer Cancer.

My wife, Patricia, was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2010. We were devastated by the news, but knew we could overcome this horrible disease. Patricia had an operation, and to our relief the surgery was a success. She was declared cancer-free. While Patricia is a survivor, not everyone in my life has been so fortunate.

In 2014, my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer. The cancer was already stage IV, and after a yearlong battle, my sister’s life was cut too short. She passed away in 2015, and her passing has left a lasting impression on me ever since. And it is in her memory and in support of Patricia that I ride.

I first heard about The Ride and was recruited to join Team Immune Force One because of my daughter-in-law, Dr. Nathalie Johnson, a lymphoma cancer researcher at the Jewish General Hospital. I look forward to experiencing the camaraderie on The Ride and cycling alongside others who have been touched by this disease.

The team is made up of diverse individuals, and we all come from unique walks of life. I myself am a 74-year-old triathlete living in Mont-Tremblant, father to three and a grandfather to six grandchildren. While I am not the youngest cyclist on the team, there is one desire I have that connects me with every other member of the team.

Together, we want to conquer cancer.

A Montreal resident, Imran Qureshi rides for the thousands of Canadians affected by cancer. Over eight years, Imran has raised over $115,000 for cancer research. This year, he was diagnosed with liver cancer but is now cancer-free.

In his own words, this cancer survivor and Rider shares his cancer care experience at the Jewish General Hospital.

Who in your family received treatment at the Jewish General Hospital?

I counted myself as lucky that my family members and I were healthy and cancer-free. That was until the spring of 2016. Earlier this year, my doctor found a suspicious mass on my kidney. Prior to my diagnosis, I found myself in the Jewish General Hospital’s emergency room in grueling pain. Once diagnosed with kidney cancer, surgery and a smooth recovery followed.

Can you describe how you reacted to your cancer diagnosis?

I took action. In 2016, I participated in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, fuelled by my own cancer journey, as well as those struggling with the disease in my community and beyond. This year, I rode to commemorate my short and successful journey with cancer. It was a momentous feeling crossing the finish line with this in mind.

Beyond the cancer care you received, what was it like at JGH?

From the day I first set foot in the Jewish General Hospital to the day I was deemed cancer-free, I was tended to by attentive and caring staff. Medical professionals always spoke to me with such compassion; this hospital is staffed by some of the most authentic people.

Would you recommend the Jewish General Hospital and The Ride to Conquer Cancer to others seeking to make a significant impact?

No questions asked. I am proud that over eight years, I have raised over $115,000. I count myself as truly lucky to have such a great network of supporters and donors. My success in gaining donations is not to simply ask for funds but to explain the purpose of The Ride and where the funds are being used. It tells people that we are not simply asking for money, but asking them for help.

Phil Anzarut knows that it takes the dedication of many to make an impact in the fight to conquer cancer.

That’s why Phil has not only signed up for The Ride, but also recruited dozens of people to join him on Team Bikus Urachus. He shares why he remains committed to The Ride year after year and how the local community’s support can help in putting an end to this disease.

I was diagnosed with cancer of the urachus in February 2012…

I lost my hair and my energy, but I started biking again that July and signed up for The 2013 Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital soon after.

In 2013, following my recovery from chemotherapy, my friends and I created the Bikus Urachus team in The Ride… For the last four years, Bikus Urachus has been the number one community fundraising team for The Ride.

We’re recruiting more participants to join our team and asking members from the community to support our journey in any they can. A small donation and any type of commitment go a long way. 

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