Bringing together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters, The Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised more than $85 million in nine years, making it B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser. 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.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer series is Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event.

The BC Cancer Foundation is the largest funder of cancer research in the province and is on a mission to reduce the incidence of cancer, reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Key Impact Highlights

Funds from the Ride have:

  • Supported more than 47 projects, investigating more than 50 different cancer types
  • Enabled more than 300 patients to be submitted to POG
    First-of-its-kind, the Personalized Onco-Genomics Program allows world-leading scientists and doctors to map the genomic structure enrolled patient’s cancer to help determine potential drug targets and treatment based on a biological rationale. Funds raised through The Ride are enabling BC Cancer to continue enrolling patients into this ground-breaking clinical study.
  • Supported the construction of the Conconi Immunotherapy Lab
    Funds continue to support incredible progress for BC Cancer’s Immunotherapy research program, as well as the newly constructed Conconi Lab within the Deeley research Centre at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre, in Victoria, establishing the provincial hub of immunotherapy treatment and development. Support will help make T cell therapy a reality for cancer patients in B.C., bringing a critical new treatment solution to the clinic.
  • Supported the development of Canadian-first “OncoPanel” with more than 2,000 BC cancer patients eligible annually 
    A new multi-gene analysis panel is now available to oncologists across B.C. as a provincial diagnostic tool, meaning a more personalized approach to treatment for thousands of eligible cancer patients. This is the first gene panel to be available province-wide and as part of standard cancer care in Canada for acquired cancers.
  • Enhanced brain cancer care
    Brain cancer care in B.C. has been transformed, enabling patients to be seen by Neuro-oncology specialists quickly and effectively, in one visit and at one site.
  • Supported a new drug for advanced prostate cancer to enter clinical trials 
    Funds will further support a new prostate cancer drug developed at BC Cancer called EPI-506 that is currently in clinical trial. This new treatment option offers hope for the thousands impacted by prostate cancer in B.C. and around the world.
  • Purchased a second state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner & reduced wait times
    Funds raised through The Ride supported the purchase of BC Cancer’s second PET/CT scanner and allowed for an upgrade to an existing scanner. As a result, wait times have been reduced and the number of patients able to receive these life-saving scans have doubled.


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Researchers, scientists and doctors at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre are developing ways to make surgery, radiation and drug treatments more targeted to the cells with cancer. This approach will leave healthy tissue intact, minimizing toxic side effects, and new treatments such as Immune Therapy will help lead to better survival rates.


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is working to provide programs and strategies to help patients living with cancer and their families to cope with the emotional and physical effects of cancer treatment. The award-winning survivorship, patient education and psychosocial support programs help reduce stress and improve the overall patient experience.

Since 2008, The Princess Margaret has also used funds raised through The Ride to support other core cancer areas, including:

  • Programs: Tumor Immunotherapy program led by Dr. Pamela Ohashi, Dr. Tak Mak and Dr. Lillian Sui; Cancer Stem Cell program led by Dr. John Dick; and Tumor Hypoxia program led by Dr. Brad Wouters and Dr. Michael Milosevic.
  • Research Platforms: Image-Guided Technology and Robotic Surgery; Clinical Trials that support specific cancer types; BioBank initiative.
    People: Over 1,200 people employed in our research enterprise, including 64 scientists, 315 clinical researchers and 450 trainees.
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