In a strong belief that we can't ask for your money unless we are prepared to sacrifice a bit ourselves, BLOOD, SWEAT and CURES will do a multi-day event culminating on August 27th at the annual Tour de Cure. Team members will participate in some (ride and/or support) or all of the following starting the previous Thursday: up/down Cypress, up/down Grouse, up/down Mt. Seymour (collectively, The Triple Crown), out to Golden Ears Provincial Park, through the border and up/down Mt. Baker to finish at Heritage Park in Chilliwack sunrise Saturday for the beginning of Tour de Cure (50km, 100km or 160km). Cumulative 550 km and over 17,000' of climbing.
All of us on the team have varying degrees of cycling experience, but none of us are exceptional - we are regular riders however, embarking on an exceptional adventure for an exceptional cause. Whether doing 50km or the full distance, we will demonstrate our commitment to improving outcomes and the quality of life for those families facing a cancer diagnosis.
We have a clear goal to raise $800,000 for the Centre for Lymphoid Cancer (CLC), and we will further commit to leveraging that through grants, etc. by as much as ten times. $8,000,000 will be focused on i) developing accurate diagnostic tools and new treatments; ii) tapping into state-of-the-art genomics, models and testing to characterize the biology of lymphoma; iii) implement biomarker tests to better guide treatment decisions; and iv) develop a world-class training program to attract and ensure the next generation of leaders. We can provide a specific use of proceeds for anyone interested.
Our team will consist of not only people involved in lymphoma research and care and those who have been affected by this cancer, but also numerous riders who have been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for BC Cancer Foundation to fund the development of liquid (blood-based) biopsies, new immunotherapy protocols as an alternative to chemo for children and the use of radioactive medicine as a fourth tool in the toolbox along with immunotherapy, chemo and radiation - we are very appreciative to have them on board.
I can speak from the perspective of a patient and genuinely state that we have one of the best lymphoma centres in the world here in BC. When I was diagnosed a number of years ago (Stage IV), I received confirmation from one of the world's top lymphoma researchers that BC Cancer sets the gold standard for both research and treatment. Please join me, Paul, our riders, the interdisciplinary team of world-leading lymphoma experts and their co-leaders (and riders) Christian and David for an epic battle to beat this insidious disease!
Alex Blodgett , Director, BC Cancer Foundation
Paul Player, Team Director
Dr. Christian Steidl, Research Director, CLC
Dr. David Scott, Clinical Director, CLC