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Cyclists finish Ride To Conquer Cancer in Redmond
Cyclists crossed the finish line at the sixth annual Ride to Conquer Cancer at Redmond's 60 Acres Park south field on Sunday.
The cycling fundraiser, presented by Silver Wheaton and benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation, featured 2,104 riders.
The ride began on Saturday morning near Vancouver, BC. There were meal stops and an overnight stay in Mount Vernon along the way.
“We are so grateful to this passionate community who helped make the sixth annual Ride To Conquer Cancer a success. Together they are changing the face of cancer in BC,” said Douglas Nelson, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
“Over 24,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Thank you for stepping up to create a strong momentum to raise funds for cancer research that is improving the lives of patients and families across the province. The $9.1 million raised this year is already powering world-class cancer research programs, which are advancing our understanding of the disease and pointing to new, more effective ways for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment,” Nelson added.
Since 2009, the 200-kilometer (124-mile) Ride To Conquer Cancer raised more than $59.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and to date is the largest cycling fundraiser in the province. The annual event draws thousands of participants who are supported by hundreds of crew and volunteers and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters.
“At the age of 26, I heard the words ‘you have cancer’ and it was the worst thing I have ever heard,” said Eamonn Conrad, a third-year rider from Vancouver.
“Thankfully through amazing research, I was able to overcome Ewings Sarcoma and today I am cancer-free. I am back in The Ride, as this is a life-changing event for myself and for all the people it helps. This is the first time I can honestly say I owe my life to something and taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer is my way of saying thanks to everyone involved,” Conrad added.