VANCOUVER, B.C. – On Saturday, October 19 more than 200 riders, including 48 cancer survivors, rode at the first-annual NeXT Up (Nutrition and Exercise during adjuvant Treatment) Spin-a-thon in support of the BC Cancer Foundation.

The inaugural event raised more than $110,000 where proceeds will support nutrition and exercise programming at BC Cancer. It will also further research and help to create NeXT centres, with the goal to develop programs that will benefit people living with all cancers.

"We are so grateful to all who joined us on their bikes to help bring more exercise and nutrition programming to cancer patients in our province,” said Sarah Roth, president and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation. “This unique program is making a significant impact in the lives patients undergoing care today.”

The NeXT Program began its three-year Phase I study in 2013, which proved that physical activity has positive benefits for women diagnosed with breast cancer. With community support, the NeXT team developed a pilot program to provide evidence-informed, supervised, structured lifestyle programming to breast cancer and other cancer patients.

Four Vancouver-area cycling studios participated in the event: Method Indoor Cycling (Kitsilano), Cadence, Spin Society (Mount Pleasant) and TaG Cycling (Broadway).

To learn more about the NeXT program, please visit: http://www.bccancerfoundation.com/nextup

MEDIA CONTACT:

Hayley Judge
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist
BC Cancer Foundation
604-764-0666
Hayley.Judge@bccancer.bc.ca