(Montreal, July 9)

For immediate release
Natasha MacDonald
Communications Coordinator


The Jewish General Hospital is proud to announce that as of this morning, 1886 participants have raised a total of $6.7 million in the third edition of The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day bike ride from Repentigny to Donnacona. Each participant has raised at least $2,500 to fund critical research and treatment for cancer care across Quebec.


Early this morning, the cyclists gathered at École secondaire Félix Leclerc in Repentigny for an emotional opening ceremony that kicked off the event (click here for video highlights). Today participants will cycle to l’Académie des Estacades in Trois-Rivières, where they will enjoy various leisure activities throughout the evening and camp overnight. On Sunday, the riders will conclude their journey to Donnacona.

"The staff and patients of the Segal Cancer Centre are truly inspired by and grateful to the thousands of participants who joined together to advance this important cause," says Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. “Their commitment and hard work not only made the event a resounding success but, more importantly, have a substantial impact on the struggle to defeat this insidious disease."

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Quebec since 2005. Funds raised by The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will continue to support crucial cancer research and the discovery of new cancer treatments across the province. This vital work will be conducted at the Jewish General Hospital, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, the Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Gatineau.

“The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer plays an integral role in raising much-needed funds for cancer research and care at the Segal Cancer Centre and across the province,” says Dr. Gerald Batist, Director of the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital. “With the unprecedented support of our community, we are continuing to invest in new technologies in molecular diagnostics, functional imaging, biomarkers, molecular target discovery and validation, and advanced targeted radiation therapy. This Ride is allowing us to take the necessary steps towards eradicating cancer.”

For more information or to register for the 2012 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, visit www.conquercancer.ca

The Jewish General Hospital, the CHUQ, the CSSS de Gatineau and the CHRTR gratefully acknowledge event sponsors: Enbridge, KPMG, Sports Experts, SUGOI, Minogue Fit Time Nutrition, Norco, CTV, NRJ, Rock Détente, CJAD, Virgin, CHOM 97.7, Globe and Mail, Bicycling and Pedal.


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 77th 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 information, 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. For more information, please visit www.chuq.qc.cq

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


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