The Ride to Conquer Cancer Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals™ benefiting BC Cancer Foundation is a unique, two-day cycling event to take place on August 25 and 26, 2018, journeying over 200km through BC. The Ride is a bold endeavor to Conquer Cancer. The money raised for The Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, supporting breakthrough research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer.
THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER PRESENTED BY WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS ANNOUNCES $10.6 MILLION RAISED IN 10th ANNUAL EVENT
B.C.’s largest fundraiser draws over 2,500 riders, to advance cancer care for the people of B.C.
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VANCOUVER, August 25, 2018 – The 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 Cloverdale on Saturday. 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. We Ride and raise funds 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,” said Sarah Roth, President and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.
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.
“My daughter Emma was diagnosed with brain cancer in July of 2016 at the age of three. There are no words to describe the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on a person but seeing a loved one going through it, seemed even worse to me,” said Adam Radziminski, second-year Rider from Burnaby, BC.
“A few months later she was discharged from the hospital only to be re-diagnosed six months later. She lost her battle to cancer in the spring of 2018. Despite the hardships of the traumatic experience my wife and I continue to carry-on for our son and in the memory of our lovely daughter who even on the worse days kept smiling. Emma and I shared a love for biking and her joy seeing me crossing the finish line of my first ride in 2017 will forever stay with me. My Ride journey began and will continue in order to make a positive impact in the lives of others and to honor my daughter Emma who will continue to inspire me with her courage and unbreakable spirit in the fight against cancer,” concluded Radziminski.
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.
THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER PRESENTED BY WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS ANNOUNCES OVER $8.3 MILLION RAISED AS 9TH ANNUAL RIDE COMMENCES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
B.C.’s largest fundraiser draws close to 2,000 riders, to advance cancer care for the people of BC
VANCOUVER: August 26, 2017 – Over $8.3 million has been raised by close to 2,000 riders, participating in the 9th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Wheaton Precious Metals. 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.
“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,” says Sarah Roth, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
“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 between Vancouver and Seattle. 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,” Whitaker added.
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. Their team, The Silver Bullets, has participated in the event for eight years and collectively raised over $1.1 million.
“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,” says Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals and Captain of The Silver Bullets.
“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,” Smallwood added.
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. The 10th annual Ride will take place August 25 and 26, 2018 and encourages people of all athletic abilities to participate. To register for the 10th annual Ride visit www.conquercancer.ca or call (888) 771-BIKE.
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ABOUT THE RIDE
The Ride to Conquer Cancer® presented by Wheaton Precious Metals® is a unique, two-day cycling event to take place on August 25-26, 2018, journeying over 200km throughout British Columbia. Our mission is clear – a world free from cancer. The money raised for The Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit BC Cancer Foundation, supporting breakthrough research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer. Funds raised ensure researchers and clinicians at BC Cancer have the support needed to re- invent the standard of cancer care through leading-edge research.