Friday, January 8, 2010

We’re riding to conquer cancer in 2010. Please support Mark and Kristen Lake

Dad emailed today to let me know he's made a flyer to spread the word about our ride. He'll have them available at local [Port Elgin area] events he's involved in. For those not in Beautiful Bruce County, here it is:


Mark and Kristen Lake have committed to fighting cancer by participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting The Campbell Family Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital. We will join thousands of other men and women in a history-making ride from June 12-13, 2010. Mark and Kristen will cover 200 miles (320km) from Toronto to Niagara Falls in two days with a night of camping in Hamilton. Riders help support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at Princess Margaret Hospital.

With one in three Canadians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we are rallying for the cause and cycling in The Ride to Conquer Cancer because:

“We've been standing on the sidelines watching cancer attack the people we care about and feeling helpless because we cannot fix it. Now we have an opportunity to do something about it.

This 200 mile bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls June 12 to 13, 2010 offers us all an opportunity to make a real difference in helping to conquer cancer. 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit Canada’s leading comprehensive cancer research centre at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) as soon as it is received. The Campbell Family Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital have assembled a team of world class doctors, scientists and support staff whose sole vision is to conquer cancer for those struggling right now and those yet to be diagnosed.

Kristen and I dedicate this ride to all who are courageously facing cancer now particularly my father James, my sister-in-law Nancy and cousin Vi and in remembrance of my mother-in-law Margaret, and my friends Richard and Robin. In particular this year, Kris and I are riding in remembrance of my mother, Marian Lake who passed away suddenly on November 27, 2009 two days after being diagnosed with lung cancer.”

For real impact, Mark (participant ID number 542028-9) and Kristen (participant ID number 547786-7) have set personal fundraising goals of $2500 each. To help them reach their goals, visit to make a donation online or call (416) 815-RIDE (7433). Mark has donation forms (paper copy) available upon request if you’d prefer to mail your support in. Visit Kristen’s blog at for updates and to download paper forms or link to the online donation site.

Riders will be supported by hundreds of Volunteers and Crew Members who will provide meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets, comprehensive medical services and an overnight campsite complete with tents, massages, and hot showers. For more information on Conquer Cancer rides held across Canada, please go to or call (887)699-BIKE (2453). All you need is a bike, a helmet and a little motivation.

About Princess Margaret Hospital
Proceeds from the sold-out 2010 Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world and the largest institution in Canada exclusively devoted to cancer treatment, research and education. For more information about the Princess Margaret, please visit The Ride will generate all-important funds for research, which will be allocated based on the highest cancer research priorities at PMH such as tumor metabolism, cancer stem cells, cancer genomics, and molecular imaging/guided therapeutics.

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