Video highlights of the opening ceremonies.






1836 PARTICIPANTS RAISE $6.7 MILLION IN SECOND ANNUAL RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER

EPIC TWO-DAY CYCLING JOURNEY TO IMPROVE CANCER CARE THROUGHOUT PROVINCE

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Kim Gradek
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June 10, 2010
For Immediate Release

News Facts:
  • The Jewish General Hospital today announced that $6.7 million was raised by 1836 participants in the second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer.
  • Mobile phone users can still make a $5 donation to support the Ride to Conquer Cancer by texting the word “COURAGE” to the number 45678. This donation will be charged to the user’s mobile phone account or calling card.
  • This morning’s Opening Ceremony at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium set the tone for this epic, two-day journey. Riders cycle along the Chemin du Roy to reach an overnight camp in Trois-Rivières at École secondaire Chavigny. On Sunday morning, participants will rise early to complete the last leg of the course to Quebec City. Family, friends and supporters are invited to cheer on the riders as they cross the finish line at the Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy.
  • Funds raised through this cycling event support innovative cancer research, the discovery of new treatments, and improvements in care at the Jewish General Hospital’s Segal Cancer Centre, the CRCEO of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec, the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau, and the Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières. In view of the fact that cancer has been the leading cause of death in Quebec since 2005, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has become a powerful call to action for cancer patients, survivors and their supporters across the province.
  • Registration for the 2011 Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Jewish General Hospital, is now open. For more information or to register for July 9-10, 2011, please visit www.conquercancer.ca or call 1.866.996.8356.
  • The Jewish General Hospital, the CHUQ, the CHRTR and the CSSS de Gatineau gratefully acknowledge: The Globe and Mail, CTV, Virgin Radio 96, CHOM 97.7, Rock-Détente, NRJ, Pedal, Bicycling, SUGOI, Accès Communications, KPMG, Sports Experts, Minogue FitTime Nutrition, Paladin, Sleeman, Vitamin Water.
Quotes:
  • Dr. Gerald Batist, Director, Segal Cancer Centre
    "The money raised through The Ride to Conquer Cancer ensures the sustainability of leading cancer research initiatives at the Segal Cancer Centre and across the province. This year’s funds continue to support research and new forms of technology in molecular diagnostics, functional imaging, biomarkers, molecular target discovery and validation, and advanced targeted radiation therapy. In other words, your epic ride will accelerate the conquest of cancer. "
  • Myer Bick, President and CEO of The Jewish General Hospital Foundation
    "The great success of the Ride to Conquer Cancer is the direct result of the huge effort and inspired determination of of the riders, crew, volunteers and thousands of generous donors. Your hard work and commitment have provided great momentum in advancing our vision to conquer cancer in our lifetime . A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone in this amazing Ride to Conquer Cancer family. "
  • Denis Rhéaume, President and CEO of the CHUQ
    "The CHUQ Foundation is grateful for the support of all Ride participants. Numerous people from the Quebec City region have shown that they personally want to take part in the fight against cancer. We thank them! Our goal at the Foundation is to ensure that monies raised contribute to supporting the dynamic work taking place at CHUQ. More specifically, monies raised from the Ride will fund allow research teams at our oncology centre at Hotel Dieu and our genome research group (CRCHUQ)."
  • Mrs Lisette Tremblay, Board Chair of the CHRTR Foundation
    "The incredible commitment and determination of Ride participants allows our patients to receive superb care surronded by their families and loved ones. Events like to the Ride allow people from to get treatment in Trois Rivieres, as opposed to having to depart for major centres. This year again Riders have shown that there is indeed strength in numbers."
  • Pierre Madore, Team Captain for Gatineau contre le Cancéro
    "We are thrilled to be part of this collective movement to conquer cancer throughout the province. Thanks to the commitment and support of riders from Eastern Quebec, we will continue to improve oncology services at the Gatineau Hospital. "
About the Segal Cancer Centre
The Segal Cancer Centre is a Quebec leader in implementing a focused and comprehensive approach to fighting cancer through medical treatment, patient care, family support and scientific research. A wide array of interrelated services are grouped in close proximity to one another, including screening and prevention, nutrition and rehabilitation, psychosocial support, symptom management, and public information. This integrated approach is considered by leading international medical experts to be one of the most effective and promising strategies in battling cancer.

About the Jewish General Hospital
Now in its landmark 75th year of providing Care for All, the Jewish General Hospital has been a mainstay of superior medical treatment for many generations of patients from all backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. Drawing on its expertise and experience as one of the province’s largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, the JGH is committed to improving the level of care for all Quebecers through close collaboration with the government and its healthcare network. In this anniversary year, the Jewish General Hospital has also redoubled its commitment to ensuring that patients receive care of the highest quality in a clean, safe environment. The JGH has been able to deliver these pioneering and innovative services by strengthening its role as a McGill University teaching hospital, expanding and upgrading its facilities, and pursuing cutting-edge studies at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. For more, please visit jgh.ca.

About the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec
The Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) plays a major role in fighting cancer, and serves over 1.7 million people throughout Quebec and Eastern Quebec. Most care and research services are provided at L’Hôtel-Dieu Hospital of Quebec. The Centre of Clinical Research and Evaluative Oncology (CCREO) was founded in November 2006, and maintains a staff of more than 50 oncologists, researchers and associates, who work closely with a team of researchers from the UHCG Cancer Research Department. Every year, over 50,000 patients and their families receive care at this unique facility specializing in diagnosis and treatment. The funds collected through The Ride to Conquer Cancer® will benefit the development of the CCREO and the enhancement of research programs in the fields of oncology, X-ray and genomics at the CHUQ.

About the Centre hospitalier regional de Trois-Rivieres CHRTR’s Foundation stands among the top 10 most influential Hospital Centre Foundations in Quebec by helping the acquisition of high-tech machines and equipment, which will help optimize the care and services offered to its patients.

CHRTR holds a regional mandate in cancer research. The proceeds from The Ride to Conquer Cancer® will exclusively fund the enhancements of treatments in this sector. The optimization of care allows our patients to benefit from more accurate diagnosis and to receive more specialized treatments within the community, eliminating the need to commute to larger centres and benefit from the support of their friends and family. For more information, please visit www.chrtr.qc.ca

About the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau
The Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) de Gatineau’s Foundation was founded in 1984 with the mission to collect funds and support the CSSS to reach its goals that is the health and well-being of its community members. Proceeds from The Ride will go to innovative assessment and investigation projects towards breast diseases at the CSSS. For more information, please visit www.fondationsantegatineau.ca