RIDE FOR CANCER
Supporting Atlantic Canadians facing a cancer diagnosis.
What happens when you combine the local charm of the South Shore, the cycling community and a cause close to the hearts of many Nova Scotians?
On October 1, 2016, 301 participants embarked on an unforgettable journey from Mahone Bay to Halifax – all in support of Atlantic Canadians battling cancer. The second-annual Ride for Cancer, a one-day cycling event hosted by the QEII Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, announced riders and a community of supporters raised over $402,000 net for cancer care. Powered by BMO Bank of Montreal, cyclists committed to fundraise and ride one of four distance options via the Rum Runners Trail (25, 50 or 100 kilometres) or 130 kilometres via road. Spanning over 130 kilometres through rich, coastal scenery, Ride for Cancer brought together the veterans of the cycling community and rookie riders to make a big impact on cancer care. Participants in the second-annual event included many cancer survivors and those currently, or riding in support of those, battling the disease.
One day. One unforgettable journey. One big impact on cancer care.
In Atlantic Canada, 15,000 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each year. Funds raised support patients by funding blood cancer research and patient education and support programs through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, as well as purchasing crucial equipment for cancer treatment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
Thanks to the extraordinary fundraising efforts of our Ride for Cancer participants and a community of donors, the QEII Health Sciences Centre will soon be home to endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) technology; a safer and less-invasive alternative to diagnosing and treating lung cancer and lymphoma.EBUS provides improved imaging, resulting in better diagnosis and the development of care and treatment plans for lung cancer and lymphoma. Patients can receive only conscious sedation for the procedure, as opposed to an invasive surgery, and experience little pain and discomfort. By helping bring EBUS technology to the QEII, our Ride for Cancer participants are giving patients a more comfortable journey to face their cancer diagnosis head-on. 2016 proceeds are also funding much-needed equipment for the QEII’s Medical Day Unit, like chemotherapy pumps and portable monitoring equipment to support clinical trials.