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Laughter, tears and triumphant embraces at the 2016 Big Move Cancer Ride

September 12, 2016

On Sunday, September 11th, with the sun shining and a gentle breeze keeping it cool, riders in the eighth Big Move Cancer Ride could not have asked for a better day for a ride. They took to the scenic roads of Niagara in support of Niagara’s Walker Family Cancer Centre.

Just under 400 cyclists joined OneFoundation for Niagara Health System at the annual bike ride for cancer care in Niagara. The riders of the 100km, 50km and 25km rides departed from Club Roma with the sun shining through the leaves of the trees that canopied over the start line. Hearts swelled as they listened to cancer survivors, care providers and organizers explain what had inspired them to ride and support the local cancer centre.

In addition to the riders, the event is backed by countless sponsors, partners and over 230 volunteers who rallied behind the Big Move to help support cancer care in Niagara. The volunteers lined the routes and gathered at rest stops to cheer on riders are they rode, keeping emotions and spirits high.

Community members, including the Laura Secord Secondary School Drum Line, lined the finish line to cheer as riders finished their rides. Through laughter, tears and triumphant embraces, the generous and giving spirits of Niagarians shined.

That giving and supportive spirit resulted in just over $266,000 being raised at the 2016 event, helping the event reach a $3 million milestone since the 2009 inaugural event!

During the celebratory lunch at Club Roma after the rides, Dr. Janice Giesbrecht, NHS Medical Director of Oncology and Big Move rider, explained how the community’s support directly impacts patient care, stating that with the support of the Big Move Cancer Ride, we’re continuing to build the future of cancer care in Niagara.

Thank you to all of the riders, volunteers and supporters of the 2016 Big Move Cancer Ride. Your support helps provide extraordinary care to the more than 2,500 Niagara residents diagnosed with cancer each year.

See you next year!

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