The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer: Your Dollars at Work
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is a powerful movement — one of hope, healing, celebration, and optimism. You, and thousands of other cyclists, join together to raise awareness and act as ambassadors of this movement. You ride thousands of kilometres to raise tens of thousands of dollars in order to conquer cancer.
As a unique fundraising event that supports groundbreaking research at the BC Cancer Agency, the potential for Ride dollars to change the cancer landscape in B.C. and beyond is immense. Since its inception in 2009, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised an amazing $27.2 million in support of cancer research in B.C.; research that is focused on advancing new understandings of cancer for the development of improved treatment options.
Philanthropy is the fuel that keeps the BC Cancer Agency’s research engine running, and the money you raise through The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer directly funds the work of the Agency throughout British Columbia. This makes you our partner in discovery. With philanthropy and research working together, we believe we can achieve our vision of a world free from cancer.
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Pediatric Genome Sequencing Project
The Agency’s Dr. Poul Sorensen leads this project that will expand our knowledge of rare childhood cancers. Through the sequencing of cancer genomes, he hopes to find new knowledge that will lead to more effective treatments to improve and extend the lives of the youngest cancer patients. BACK
Chair in Cancer Survivorship
A new research chair has been established by the Agency and Simon Fraser University that will look at the growing issue of cancer survivorship. The Chair will work with patients, clinicians and administrators from across the Agency to ensure that the more than 12,000 cancer survivors each year can be best supported on their journey.
- PET/CT Scanner
A second, state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner was purchased and the existing scanner was upgraded to a newer model. Wait times have been reduced and the number of patients able to receive these life-saving scans has more than doubled.
Inspire the World Campaign on Vancouver Island
The campaign to expand and improve patient care, support and research space at the Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre in Victoria achieved its fundraising goal. Increased resources for patients’ care and treatment navigation and their psychosocial needs will give them the tools and support to successfully navigate their cancer journey. BACK
Innovation Support Fund
This fund will support small research equipment needs across the province, so researchers can quickly move ahead with new ideas and new research projects, without having to wait for external or national grants.
LEEF Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging
Dr. François Bénard conducts research in advanced cancer imaging techniques, such as the use of PET/CT scanning. Dr. Bénard is looking for new ways to use this powerful tool to improve diagnosis and monitoring of cancer. The results of his work means unnecessary treatments can be avoided and additional options for patients can be identified sooner. BACK
ANGELYC (Analysis of Genomes to Eliminate Lymphoid Cancer) Project
With plans to analyze the genomes of all types of lymphoid cancers, this project intends to identify a number of possible cancer biomarkers. Each biomarker represents a new target of attack, the possibility for new and more effective treatment and a step away from the fatality of this group of common cancers.
Ovarian Cancer Research (OvCaRe) Program
The goal of this collaborative and multidisciplinary research program is to improve the survival rates of ovarian cancer patients through improved identification, understanding, and treatment of the disease. Major research discoveries in recent years have already improved the knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers in B.C.
BC Generations Project
The BC Generations Project will help researchers learn more about how our environment, lifestyle and genes contribute to cancer and chronic diseases, by collecting health information and biological samples from British Columbians across the province. This project will serve as an invaluable resource for all aspects of cancer prevention research in the generations to come.
Deeley Research Centre
The Deeley Research Centre at the Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre is one of only two sites in Canada dedicated to cancer immunology research. By studying how cancer interacts with our immune system, researchers hope to find ways to harness its anti-cancer abilities, as a less invasive and more effective form of treatment.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Sequencing Project
Dr. Aly Karsan’s project, which involves the genomic sequencing of AML tumours, with the hope of providing information that will lead to improved treatments for AML patients.
Radiation Oncology Fellowships
This funding supports radiation oncology fellowships at the Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior and its Vancouver Island Centre. Supporting the next generation of leaders ensures that the Agency’s excellence in cancer control continues and that all patients experience the same outstanding level of care.
This is just a sample of the research that the BC Cancer Foundation funded this year including support from The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and just a few examples of how the partnership of philanthropy and research is making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in our province. The impact that this partnership has had and will continue to have on cancer care in B.C. is great, and it is clear that the momentum of what is happening at the BC Cancer Agency will continue to move forward.
You can take great pride in knowing that all of this groundbreaking research is taking place in your backyard. All of these projects and the many more that are supported by the Foundation are happening right here in B.C. and it is thanks to people like you who choose to ride June 16 and 17 we are moving closer to our goal of a world free from cancer.