Ride to Conquer Cancer raises millions

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By Kevin Rushworth


It took the efforts of 1,655 riders to raise some $7.5 million after the fifth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer saw riders passing through such Foothills communities as Black Diamond, Okotoks and the outskirts of High River.

In its five years, the annual event, a bicycle ride from Calgary to Okotoks and back again, has raised nearly $38.3 million for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

The event started in Calgary on August 10 and triumphant riders returned to that city on August 11, filled with jubilation, as they knew how their efforts would help people.

In a press release issued Sunday afternoon, Myka Osinchuk, chief executive officer of the Alberta Cancer Foundation issued a statement of thanks to the riders.

“We send our thanks and gratitude to this incredible community of riders, crew members, volunteers and their extended networks of family and supporters,” she said, noting it was these people who made the event so successful.

The money supports the research and discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Cross Cancer Institute and 15 others across the province.

With Enbridge as the national sponsor, the Ride to Conquer Cancer became the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“Our Enbridge employees as well as our community of friends and family celebrate this incredible achievement, the Alberta Cancer Foundation,” explained Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge Inc.

“We offer our thanks and gratitude to the critical, world-leading cancer programs underway at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and the fifteen additional cancer centres across Alberta,” he said.

Next year’s ride will take place on August 9 and 10 and event organizers are excited for the amount of riders and money to be raised at next year’s event. For more information, please visit




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