Photo: Dr. Lisa Porter, University of Windsor, Sarah White and Shane Miles Co-Chair’s Windsor Chapter Ride For Dad , Martin Bakht – PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Studies, University of Windsor
Windsor’s TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad 2018 Launched its 2018 Campaign for The Fight Against Prostate Cancer!
On Monday May 7th, 10:00 am Windsor’s TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad will launched their 2018 fundraising campaign for prostate cancer research and awareness at Thunder Road Harley Davidson. The launch marks the beginning of their 13th Annual fundraising campaign to gather support and pledges for their Motorcycle Ride and Poker Run. The Telus Ride For Dad will be held at Festival Plaza on May 27th with Registration starting at 7:30 am and kickstands up at 10 am sharp!
At the launch, Dr. Lisa Porter, this year’s recipient of the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation’s grant, was presented a cheque for $20,000 for her research study involving prostate cancers that are not treatable by conventional therapies. Exciting news, as she will also be collaborating with the University of British Colombia (Vancouver Prostate Center), University of Oxford (UK) and Seoul National University (South Korea) on this project. “As therapies improve for prostate cancer, cancer cells find new ways to evolve and develop drug resistance. This project will focus on finding new drug targets for patients with the most advanced form of resistant disease. Funding from Windsor-Essex will be instrumental in fueling this new area of study right here in our community.” Dr. Porter explains.
Martin Bakht, a Doctoral candidate at the University of Windsor, transferred here from the University of Seoul in order to work with Porter and share his exciting discoveries which closely align with his mentor’s work. This gives the University of Windsor as strong one-two punch in this evolving field of research.
A strong message regarding prevention and early detection was shared for the benefit of all men:
- Out of all the communities in Ontario, Windsor/Essex County has the highest diagnosed rate of Prostate Cancer
- Men have a higher risk of Prostate Cancer than women do for getting Breast Cancer, with 58 men in Canada being diagnosed each day
- 90% of Prostate Cancer patients can be successfully treated, if it is detected and treated early
- Frequently, there are no warning symptoms for Prostate Cancer
The race itself starts at the Festival Plaza site, Sunday May 27th. It will be open from 10:00 am to the general public and will have family friendly activities bouncy obstacle course, giant jenga, face painting, crafts and local vendors. As well as and lunch and beverages for all ages. The CoOL Road Crew and Windsor’s Country Summer Fun Squad will be on site all day, broadcasting live as well as doing giveaways and chances to WIN CoOL prizes & much more!
“I can’t wait for a great weekend and am so thrilled to be involved in this year’s Ride. As a cancer survivor myself, it feels great giving back to my community and is so exciting to be able to help great initiatives like Dr. Porter’s project!” says Windsor Telus Motorcycle Ride For Dad Co-Chair Sarah White
There will be a Pre-Registration Event on Saturday May26th from 11a.m. to 4p.m. at Thunder Road Harley Davidson.
Pre-Registration- Riders and their families can come out to register to beat the Ride-day crowds, and enjoy the celebration of the 115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson. We will have food trucks on hand and 100.7’s CoOL Road Crew will be broadcasting live as well as doing giveaways and chances to WIN CoOL prizes!
“Year after year I am humbled by the amazing people in our community who come together united in the fight against prostate cancer. The money they raise and the show of support as they ride through the county creating awareness is motivating and awe-inspiring. I would like to thank each and every one of you that make this event the success that it is.” says Windsor Telus Motorcycle Ride For Dad Co-Chair, Shane Miles.
The Windsor TELUS Ride For Dad was responsible for helping the Cancer Centre at the Windsor Regional Hospital purchase their De Vinci Robot, which is used to not only help men get treatment faster, but to quicken their normal rate of recovery.
Last year we gave just over $42,000 to Dr. Pandey’s lab at the University of Windsor for his study of Dandelion Root and it’s affects on Prostate Cancer Cells.
Although we’re a national organization, with more than 40 events across Canada, proceeds raised in Windsor, will be used to benefit men and families living right here in this area. Since 2005, 8,749 participants, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of donors have helped raise $603,040 for Prostate Cancer Research & Public Awareness. Across Canada we have raised over $27 Million to fight prostate cancer!
The TELUS Ride For Dad has a national convention each year, last fall doctors and scientists joined Telus Ride For Dad organizers from across Canada to share their success. Telus Ride For Dad was instrumental in bringing researchers together to collaborate on studies and share their findings across Canada.
Photos and video by Joe McParland.