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Cyclists can make a difference for cancer treatment and support

By Regis Phillips May 1, 2024 | 6:52 AM

Donations, volunteers, and anyone with a bicycle are needed for the NB Ride Against Cancer event in June.

It’s a joint partnership between the CHU Dumont and Friends of The Moncton Hospital foundations.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help provide complimentary cancer support programs that will affect the quality of life for people living with cancer, their caregivers, and their families in southeast New Brunswick.

Dumont CEO Gilles Allain said his staff discovered when cancer patients went into remission, there was a gap between hospital visits for supporting cancer patients.

“We always strive to reach a goal so we set a goal of $200,000 for the event this year,” said Allain.

Katherine Robertson with Friends of The Moncton Hospital says there’s a long list of programs available, whether it’s counselling or non-medical programs like exercise and therapeutic arts.

“We’re going to roll out the programs by the end of the year, so we’ll start with the highly identified needs and then we’ll at the program has it build from there,” said Robertson.

If you want to participate, there are three ways to support the event. Registration for the bottom two is May 31.

  • Solo cycling – You set a fundraising goal and ride to inspire others to give and help you reach that goal
  • Ride Day – Cycle either 30 kilometres or 70 kilometres, with a minimum of $250 fundraising to participate. Teams of four must raise a total of $1,000
  • Dr. Harb’s Elite Cyclist Ride – Cycle 600 kilometres over four days, maintain a 25 to 28 km/h pace and raise a minimum of $500

Ride Day takes place on June 15. Participants may register to cycle designated routes on the Riverfront Trail system spanning the communities of Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.