THUNDER BAY, ON ----- June 17, 2013 --- The roar of over 275 motorcycles simultaneously starting their engines at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning can mean only one thing – the fight continues. Prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario took another hit today from the 13th annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad.
Photo (MRFD 02): Riders make the turn onto the Harbour Expressway as part of the morning's parade throughout Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay’s most popular motorcycle event isn’t just about having a great time, it’s about making a difference for men in Northwestern Ontario. This year’s event brought in $76,391, bringing the thirteen-year total to $817,461. “Each year this event continues to grow and reaffirms the commitment of our community in supporting the men in our families,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “What better way is there to celebrate Father’s Day than by raising funds to ensure our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles have the best opportunity to survive prostate cancer.”
John Pascuzzo earned the title of top pledge earner, collecting $3,765 in pledges. David Valente won the top poker hand with a 4 of a kind, kings.
As part of the event, participants begin with a parade around Thunder Bay and then enjoy the sights in and around town as part of the poker run. Prizes were awarded for top poker hands.
All funds raised support the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. 100% of proceeds remain in our region to fund prostate cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment in Northwestern Ontario. Equally as important as the amount raised is the prostate cancer awareness generated by the Ride.
“One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime—and these rates are expected to rise. The good news is that, when detected early, prostate cancer is highly treatable,” said Glenn Craig, President & CEO of the Health Sciences Foundation. “Sponsors and participants of the BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad are helping save lives by encouraging men to talk to their healthcare providers about prostate health.”
Awareness is key to avoiding prostate cancer and catching it as early as possible. Caught early, the disease is treatable. “The BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad is making a difference,” said Craig. “Events like these mean awareness of prostate cancer in our region is higher now than ever before.”
Together, we are making HOPE possible.
Photo (Cheque Presentation): This year, at the 13th Annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad, $76,391 was raised for the Northern Cancer Fund to continue the fight against prostate cancer. From left Glenn Craig, Raymond Nadeau, Murray Boucher, David Blake, Amy Silvaggio, Shannon Blake.