Video highlights of today's opening ceremonies.






1,888 Cyclists Raise $7.3 Million in Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

Alberta Cancer Foundation benefits from Largest Cycling Event in the Province

Media Contact:
Kate Harbinson
T: 877 500 7545
kharbinson@conquercancer.ca

June 26, 2010
For Immediate Release

News Facts:
  • Today, the Alberta Cancer Foundation announced that 1,888 participants from across the province raised $7.3 million in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
  • The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is a cycling fundraiser raising money to support breakthrough research and discovery of new cancer therapies, which will benefit treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Cross Cancer Institute. Since one in every two Albertans will develop cancer in his or her lifetime, this province-wide event is rightly viewed as a call to action.
  • After an emotionally stimulating Opening Ceremony at Spruce Meadows, participants embarked on the first 100 kilometers of their ride along the Majestic Rockies. Tonight, they camp at Chain Lakes Provincial Park as they rest up for the final 100 kilometres on Sunday.
  • Their weekend journey ends tomorrow when they ride back to the finish line at Spruce Meadows. Family, friends, and supporters are invited to greet and cheer on the Riders as they make their way to the finish.
  • Funds from last year supported a study led by Dr. Nigel Brockton, on the effect that the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has on head and neck cancer, which has garnered international attention from the scientific world.
  • The third annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is already planned for June 25 to 26, 2011. For more information about the event, or to register as a participant for next year, please contact 888.624.BIKE, or sign up online at www.conquercancer.ca.
  • The Alberta Cancer Foundation gratefully acknowledges the event sponsors for their commitment to the cause Enbridge, The Globe and Mail, CTV, 92.5 Joe fm, cisn country, 630 CHED sports, Q 107, Country 105, AM 770, Pedal and Bicycling magazines First Energy Capital, McCarthy Térault, KPMG, Shaw Pipe, Dilawri, Alberta Triathlon, Vitamin Water, barefoot wine, Steam Whistle, Van Houtte Café & Sugoi.
Quotes:
  • “The funds raised through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer are allowing us to support otherwise under-funded areas of research,” says Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “With this year’s funds we can continue our commitment to providing patients with the best possible care, breakthrough research designed to minimize the impact of treatment and passionate staff who truly believe that we can conquer cancer in our lifetime.”
  • “This is a fantastic way to get in shape and make an impact on the fight against cancer in Alberta,” says Mickelson. “The feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming as you cross the finish line.”
  • “Progress in research needs a sustained commitment over years to combat cancer and we are truly grateful for the support from our participants and donors,” says Dr. Nigel Brockton, researcher, rider and cancer survivor.
  • “[It is a] testament to the fact that we are all in some way affected by cancer. And it’s also a testament to the courage and the power of the human spirit. There’s something inexplicable that happens when people come together for a cause. One truly does get swept up in it all, and however much your butt hurts or how hard the wind blows in your face, riding in a 1,740-strong peloton makes it just a bit easier,” says Philip Mueller, rider in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. “Never underestimate the power of a group of individuals determined to make a difference in the world.”
About Alberta Cancer Foundation The Alberta Cancer Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 other cancer centres throughout Alberta. The Foundation supports world-class cancer research, province-wide prevention and screening initiatives and cancer programs that benefit all Albertans.