(TORONTO, August 15, 2008) - The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation is proud to announce the Co-Chairs for the 2nd annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, Canada’s premier cycling fundraiser. The 2009 Co-Chairs are Kevin and Sandra Sullivan who both participated in the inaugural Ride in June 2008. Kevin is CEO of GMP Capital Trust which he co-founded in 1995. GMP has grown to be one of Canada’s largest and most successful independent securities firms.
The 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer event is planned for June 12 to 14. In its first year, The Ride to Conquer Cancer emerged as Canada’s largest and most successful cycling fundraiser with over $14 million raised and 2,850 participants coming from 8 provinces, 14 states and 3 countries.
Sandra lost her father, Robert Wharton, to cancer just over 6 years ago. He was diagnosed at the age of 60 and passed away shortly after his 66th birthday. She credits Princess Margaret for extending his life as long as they could, while providing him with the utmost in medical care. “They ensured that he had the highest quality of life through those years and I will always be grateful for everything that was done for him. I now have another chance to give back to The Princess Margaret by co-chairing the second annual “Ride to Conquer Cancer” next June.
Funds generated from The Ride to Conquer Cancer will be allocated to crucial areas within its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI), which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, and Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director of Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Program, have a clear vision on where the money raised on The Ride to Conquer Cancer will be best utilized.
“I was attracted to Canada because of the unique research being conducted at The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world,” says Dr. Benjamin Neel. “The Princess Margaret is home to 168 scientists who specialize in cancer research. While The Princess Margaret has established world-leading positions in areas such as Cancer Stem Cells, Tumor Hypoxia/metabolism, Radiation Biology and Imaging Physics/Guided Therapeutics, modern cancer research is extremely expensive and labor intensive. To stay at the cutting edge, we need to be able to recruit and retain the best scientists, purchase the most modern equipment, and fund high-risk, high-gain research projects that typically are not supported by other funding agencies."
Although improvements have been made to treat the over 200 types of cancer in the last 20 years, many cancers are still often lethal with lung, pancreatic and ovarian presenting significant treatment challenges. In 2008 alone, there will be an estimated 159,900 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada and 72,700 deaths because of cancer.
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For more information about the Ride please contact 416.815.RIDE (7433), or visit www.conquercancer.ca.