It was a day filled with accomplishment and celebration. A day filled with honour for those battling cancer. And a day in fond memory of loved ones lost.
The beautiful fall weather delivered a spectacular day for Ride for Cancer powered by BMO Bank of Montreal — Atlantic Canada’s largest cycling fundraising event hosted by the QEII Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. September 30, 2017, saw a total of 475 riders embark on an epic journey that spanned 130 kilometres from Mahone Bay to Halifax.
Riders, inclusive to veteran cyclists, recreational and rookie riders, rode one of four distance options via the Rum Runners Trail (25, 50 or 100 kilometres) or by road (100 or 130 kilometres) — while committing to raise a minimum of $1,000.
After months of hard work, preparation and fundraising, the Ride community raised an incredible $600,622 net in support of improving cancer care in Atlantic Canada.
“It was an emotional day,” says Nic Fieldsend, a cancer survivor and participant of the third-annual Ride for Cancer event. “I rode 130 kilometres and the last few kilometres, I took the time to reflect on not only my own cancer journey, but for those who I’ve lost.”
Funds raised will help purchase advanced cancer therapy preparation equipment for the QEII to shorten wait times and increase capacity for cancer patients.
In additional to equipment, Ride for Cancer also supports local blood cancer research and funds patient education programs through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
The finish line at Ride for Cancer was an emotional display while riders were greeted by friends and family holding up signs and cheering them on. With one in two Canadians facing cancer in their lifetime, it was clear from the crowd that this disease touches many.
Judi Phillips was one rider who had many personal reasons to ride but her message was one of community. “If you can do something to help others, why wouldn’t you? This event means so much to those facing cancer.”
With overwhelming success of the third-annual Ride for Cancer, the Ride community’s dedication to transform care for those facing a cancer diagnosis isn’t over. The fourth-annual event is already being planned for Saturday, September 29, 2018. To learn more, visit YourRideForCancer.ca.