Vancouver, B.C. – Participants brought their a-game for a good cause at the BC Cancer Foundation’s Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer on September 14th. Funds raised, through the generosity of event participants, will support breakthrough research at the BC Cancer Agency where researchers are changing the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
 
There was something for everyone at this unforgettable and inspirational event. The day was filled with live musical acts, celebrity appearance from lead vocalist for Spirit of the West John Mann, country singer Aaron Prichett, Canucks alumni Cliff Ronning and Kirk Mclean, a beer garden, an interactive games zone and, of course – lots of Road Hockey! Throughout the full day of friendly road hockey matches, hockey enthusiasts celebrated their efforts to make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with cancer in BC today and into the future.
 
“Hockey unites people from all walks of life in a common passion for victory. Cancer, too, can rally masses to conquer the disease that affects too many of our loved-ones. Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer sees a love of hockey merge with a united goal of supporting research that’s stick-handling us toward a world free from cancer,” says Douglas Nelson, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.
 
“I don’t think there is anyone on the team or walking the streets who hasn’t been impacted by cancer,” says participant Mike Schaab, Portfolio Manager with Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel. Schaab, who lost his mother to cancer in 2006, has participated in many cancer-related fundraising events over the years and says Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is special to him because it’s an activity he enjoys, having grown up playing hockey, both on the ice and road.
 
Over 24,000 British Columbians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer will advance research, leading to new discoveries that will shape early detection technology and treatment for cancer in the very near future.
 
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Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is a dawn-to-dusk road hockey fundraising tournament that welcomes players of all levels and represents a great opportunity to team-up with colleagues, friends and family for a day of fun-filled friendly competition. Teams play 5 games of 4-on-4 road hockey. Top fundraising teams take part in a pre-event draft of former NHLers, celebrities and pro-athletes to gain a valuable player for game-day. If you enjoy a challenge, being part of a team and fundraising for an amazing cause, this is the event for you! Funds raised will support initiatives at the BC Cancer Agency with the most promise to dramatically improve cancer care. For more information, visit teamuptoconquercancer.ca.
 
The BC Cancer Foundation is the bridge that connects philanthropic support and research breakthroughs in cancer knowledge. As the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province, we enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia. We fund with the goal of finding solutions. Visit www.bccancerfoundation.com to make a donation or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
 
The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.
 
Media enquiries please contact:
 
Monica Bisal, Communications Specialist
BC Cancer Foundation
t. 604-329-5654