7th Annual Big Move Cancer Ride draws an inspired crowd

September 18, 2015

There was no shortage of inspiration at the 7th annual Big Move Cancer Ride in support of the Niagara Health System’s Walker Family Cancer Centre on September 13, 2015.
The Ride, which is hosted by OneFoundation for Niagara Health System, is a grown-in-Niagara, non-competitive cycling fundraiser featuring a 30km, 60km and 100km route.
Despite cold and rainy conditions, the weather did not dampen the spirits of participants as the event drew a crowd of 465 riders, over 200 volunteers and countless supporters who came together over a common goal – to raise funds for close-to-home cancer care in Niagara.  This year, over $340,000 was raised, bringing the Ride’s 7-year total to over $2.8 million for equipment essential to quality patient care at the regional cancer centre.
For many, getting involved in the Big Move is a way to honour or remember a loved one who has been touched by cancer.  For others, it’s a way to celebrate a milestone in their own personal journey with the disease.
Glenda Bouwers, a Rehab Assistant in the Physio Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department at Niagara Health System St. Catharines Site, was inspired to ride in the Big Move for the third time.  “This year I am riding for a very special reason – to celebrate the tenth anniversary of my remission with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma,” says Bouwers. “Having gone through treatment myself, I am fortunate to be able to support the Walker Family Cancer Centre that provides vital patient care right here in our own backyard.”
Supporters like Glenda rally behind the Big Move to make their contribution to cancer care in Niagara.  While helping to build a strong, local cancer program, they also build a special bond and sense of community in the process.  Year after year, Big Movers can be counted on to show up in a way that leaves you feeling inspired.  This year’s ride continued that proud tradition… even in the rain.

Thank you to the 2015 Big Move community - riders, volunteers, sponsors, committee members, ambassadors and friends - for your support of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.
Please save the date for the 8th Annual Big Move Cancer Ride on Sunday, September 11th, 2016!
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