THUNDER BAY, ON ------ April 23, 2013 --- The fight against prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario will continue on Saturday, June 15, 2013 with the 13th annual BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad. Over 300 motorcycles will "Roar for the Cure" as the event kicks off at 9:30 am at the Victoria Inn on the day before Father’s Day. Participants then enjoy a parade along Arthur St and the Expressway, a scenic Poker Run in and around the city and a silent auction.
On June 15, everyone is welcome to watch the "Roar for the Cure" at The Victoria Inn.
In photo (left to right) are: Constable John Whitehurst, Thunder Bay Police; Kerri Spooner, Regional Vice President of Sales, Ontario, Bell; Staff Sergeant Ken Manty, Ontario Provincial Police; Clint Harris, Director, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors; Ted Ciotucha, Committee Member, BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad Organizing Committee; Dr. Sunil Gulavita, Head and Coordinator, Radiation Therapy Operational Network, Regional Cancer Care Northwest (TBRHSC)
A pre-registration BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at CARSTAR Collision Centre. Participants registering at this event will qualify to win a prize generously donated by CARSTAR Collision Centre.
Participants who register before Friday, May 31 are eligible to win an executive weekend for two at the Victoria Inn, along with breakfast and dinner for 2 at Chicago Joe’s. They also have the privilege of announcing, "Ladies and Gentlemen. Start Your Engines!" at the "Roar for the Cure" and have the opportunity to lead the parade. Pre-registration is $45 for riders and passengers.
Anyone not able to attend the pre-registration BBQ can register for the BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad by visiting http://ridefordad.kintera.org or calling 345-HOPE. On-site registration will be available at 7:30 am on June 15 at a cost of $50.
There are many impressive prize incentives to register early and raise high pledges. The Top 10 Pledge Earners win fabulous prizes. Those who raise $500 or more in pledges will receive special recognition at the Awards Presentation, a commemorative pin, and be eligible for extra prizes. Prizes will be award to participants with the top poker hands.
2013 marks the 13th anniversary of the Bell Motorcycle Ride for Dad.
To date, participants, sponsors and pledgers have helped to raise $740,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund to support prostate cancer research, treatment and awareness.
Events such as this one help provide life-saving cancer equipment, technology and treatment programs throughout the region.
The BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad also supports awareness campaigns such as Recognize the signs, Take it Like a Man, Plumbing Problems and Prostate Man, which provide education on risk factors and encourage early screening to reduce the incidences of prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario.
Sponsors and participants of the BELL Motorcycle Ride for Dad are helping save lives, not only by helping to raise funds, but also by encouraging men to talk to their healthcare providers about prostate health.
The Northern Cancer Fund of the Health Sciences Foundation raises funds that are 100% dedicated to support exceptional cancer care in Northwestern Ontario