B.C.’s largest fundraiser draws 2,500 riders, to advance cancer care for the people of B.C.

VANCOUVER, August 25, 2018 – The Ride to Conquer Cancer presented by Wheaton Precious Metals announced 2,500 riders raised $10.6 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the 10th annual Ride commenced in Cloverdale on Saturday. In 10 years, the BC Ride has raised over $96 million to support more than 47 world-leading research projects underway at BC Cancer, advancing care and providing hope to the 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia.

“Over 10 epic years the Ride to Conquer Cancer has been changing outcomes for British Columbians facing cancer. The Ride and its thousands of participants, tens of thousands of donors, gives families hope that together we can conquer this disease. We Ride and raise funds honouring the loved ones we’ve lost and with confidence that we’re giving the incredible scientists and clinicians at BC Cancer the power to save lives,” said Sarah Roth, President and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.

"We have been amazed by the Ride’s impact in 10 years and thank all riders, donors, crew, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, for your commitment and contribution as we pedal to break down cancer and change the outcome,” added Roth.

The annual event sees thousands of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters come together to participate in the two-day, over 200-kilometre journey. New to 2018 and for the first-time in the Ride’s 10-year history, an all-BC route, which offered participants a cycling experience through the scenic Fraser Valley and welcomed first-time local participants and partners.

“My daughter Emma was diagnosed with brain cancer in July of 2016 at the age of three. There are no words to describe the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on a person but seeing a loved one going through it, seemed even worse to me,” said Adam Radziminski, second-year Rider from Burnaby, BC.

“A few months later she was discharged from the hospital only to be re-diagnosed six months later. She lost her battle to cancer in the spring of 2018. Despite the hardships of the traumatic experience my wife and I continue to carry-on for our son and in the memory of our lovely daughter who even on the worse days kept smiling. Emma and I shared a love for biking and her joy seeing me crossing the finish line of my first ride in 2017 will forever stay with me. My Ride journey began and will continue in order to make a positive impact in the lives of others and to honor my daughter Emma who will continue to inspire me with her courage and unbreakable spirit in the fight against cancer,” concluded Radziminski.

Wheaton Precious Metals became the presenting sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014. Their team The Silver Bullets has participated in the Ride for nine years. Sponsorship funds donated by Wheaton Precious Metals are critical and enable funds raised by Ride participants to directly support the world-leading work of experts at BC Cancer.

“Wheaton Precious Metals is incredibly proud to sponsor this outstanding event and we congratulate everyone involved in the success of the Ride’s 10th year,” said Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals and captain of The Silver Bullets.

“We all have a personal connection to cancer and by getting on our bikes to raise crucial dollars to support ground-breaking research, we continue to witness breakthroughs that are saving lives every day. Wheaton Precious Metals is committed to doing our part in the efforts to conquer cancer and we hope you will join us in 2019,” Smallwood added.

The 11th annual Ride will take place August 24 and 25, and encourages people of all athletic abilities to participate. To register for the 11th annual Ride visit www.conquercancer.ca or call (888) 771-BIKE.

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