1402 bikers took part in the eighth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer over the weekend to raise funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
The money raised supports multiple causes including breakthrough cancer research, clinical trials, enhanced care and the discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres across Alberta.
Riders taking part in Alberta’s largest cycling fundraiser raised a minimum of $2500 and cycled some 200 kilometres from Calgary to Okotoks and then back.
Dwayne Dick says this year was his fifth time doing the ride.
“I’m an innocent bystander trying to help make a difference. My wife has been diagnosed with lung cancer twice and so that’s why I’ve taken up the cause is to try and do some part. I’m healthy but just trying to help make a difference” he says, noting it’s not an easy task. “I’m a guy that’s 58 years old so I’m finding it a little bit difficult this year but there’s a lot of help along the way so you’re never far behind,”
$6.35 million has been raised through the event this year alone. Daryl Silzer with the ACF says it’s something that the organization is extremely grateful for given the current economic state in Alberta.
“We are over the moon, so happy. It’s really humbling and and just so amazing that $6.35 million has been raised this year in the eighth annual ride. It’s going to support all Albertans and their families who are facing a cancer diagnosis.”
The 2017 dates for the event have been set as August 12th and 13th.