Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Welcome to my funddrasing page for the 2017 Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day cycling journey, through Canada's Pacific region taking place in June. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
As in prior years, the funds I raise are earmarked for the study of kids' cancer. "Why kids' cancer?," you may ask.
Pediatric cancer research benefits all cancer patients.
Did you know that one big reason to donate to childhood cancer research is that it provides more "bang for the buck" than other research?
This is because pediatric tumours are less clouded by the noise of decades of environmental impacts, which allow more precise research and faster development of effective treatments.
As a result, the benefits of childhood cancer research extend far beyond just childhood diseases. Often discoveries made in childhood cancer apply to adult cancers as well. For example, Dr. Poul Sorensen, the Johal Chair in Childhood Cancer Research (and member of Team Finn), and his team recently identified new strategies to target a protein called IGF1R, to improve outcomes for patients with childhood sarcoma. Since IGF1R is also believed to play a role in adult cancers such as breast cancer, the newly-developed treatments may apply to them as well.
As Dr. Sorensen puts it: "When I came to the BC Cancer Agency I knew I'd have the advantage of being able to partner with researchers looking into virtually every type of cancer," Dr. Sorensen says. "But it's also an advantage for them, because childhood cancers are much simpler. Their DNA isn't as genetically complex as in adult tumours, so it's easier to interpret. In fact, many researchers regularly read the childhood cancer literature to look for new insights in their own research."
Despite this, pediatric cancer research is underfunded, relying chiefly on philanthropy.
This is where you come in. Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care made possible through BC Cancer Foundation, a leader in cancer research and care.
Thank you in advance for your support.
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