OTTAWA, May 1, 2016 — It was a record setting day for pediatric cancer treatment and research as the CN Cycle for CHEO event broke another record for total dollars raised for cancer patients at CHEO. Thousands of people gathered at the Canadian War Museum to cycle, skate and walk to support oncology care at CHEO. Thanks to sponsors and participants the grand total reached was $953,446.00.
The cheers from the crowd were loud and proud when the total was announced and the smiles on the faces of the three CHEO patients who make up the McDonald’s Dream Team told the whole story. Twelve year old Alex Tourangeau, thirteen year old Léa Enström and five year old Bruno Giammaria represented all CHEO cancer patients during the CN Cycle for CHEO campaign and were on stage for the big announcement.
“Every year 75 families receive the news from CHEO doctors that one of their children has cancer. Today is all about those families and making sure they receive top notch care and have access to world class research,” says Kevin Keohane, CHEO Foundation President and CEO. “The fact that CN Cycle for CHEO continues to grow each and every year shows how much everyone who participated today cares. We want to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who helped make it happen. I also want to say a special thank you to our title sponsor CN for their continued dedication to helping CHEO to improve the outcomes for oncology patients in our region and around the world.”
Just prior to the start of the Esso 15K Cycle & In-line skate the annual “Tori’s Angels” tribute was held as a memorial to all of the children at CHEO whose lives have been cut short by cancer. The tribute is named after Tori Carswell, member of the 2002 Dream Team who lost her battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of nine years old. Also honoured were past Dream Team members Hannah Billings, Evan Simms and Molly Robillard who also lost their lives to cancer.
This year 224 teams took part in the Ottawa Citizen Team Challenge. The top corporate team is the Ericsson Viking Voyageurs who brought in a total of $67,879.00; the top non-corporate team is Team Molly, raising $30,993.00; and the top individual fundraiser is David Logan, who raised $8,101.00.
CN has been the title sponsor of this event since 2009. Proceeds from CN Cycle benefit the CHEO Foundation, Candlelighters and Ronald McDonald House, and in turn, children and families affected by cancer.
Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of CN, said, “Everyone at CN takes great pride in the CN Cycle for CHEO and we are always overwhelmed by the support we receive from the people in the National Capital Region. This amazing total is a testament to the commitment of the participants, supporters and volunteers who make this event possible. On behalf of everyone at CN, we thank them all for making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.”
Proceeds from CN Cycle for CHEO will be presented on the CHEO Telethon on CTV which airs on June 4 and 5, 2016.
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