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Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude 2018

Activity Date:
21 September 2018 - 23 September 2018

Time of the event:
8:45 am

Description of the activity:

​The Journey Continues Sept. 21-23, 2018!

Join us in picturesque Montebello, Quebec for the 2nd Annual Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude
benefiting the Cedars-Laneuville Cell Therapy Initiative
 

The Weekend

An incredible weekend awaits at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Montebello, our host resort, where riders will embark on a short 70-80km or more challenging 140km cyclo-tour encompassing majestic rolling hills in Quebec, scenic river by-ways in the Ottawa river valley and two ferry crossings in this fully supported event in support of cell and immunotherapy research at the Cedars Cancer Foundation.
 
The weekend will commence Friday with check-in, rider registration and welcome cocktail in the evening. Riders, family and friends will be able to take advantage of the numerous resort activities offered throughout the weekend schedule of events, including pool, spa, and walking trails upon arrival. 

Joining us this year will be legendary TourdeFrance commentator and British Cycling Hall of Fame member Phil Liggett, who be one of our keynote speakers and participant over the weekend schedule of events!
 
Saturday, riders will embark in the morning for a day of incredible camaraderie, scenery and fall colours, culminating in the evening with an amazing Fairmont event dinner including guests, presentations and a few surprises...
 
Sunday participants and their guests will enjoy the signature Chateau Montebello buffet breakfast followed by this year’s version of “King or Queen of the Chateau”.  Details to follow.
 

Why do we ride?

The Ride for Hope and Gratitude is a proud supporter of the Cedars-Laneuville Cell Therapy Initiative through the Ensign Ewart Research Fund. The mission of this ride is to raise funds for the creation of a new Cell Therapy Unit under the direction of Dr.Pierre Laneuville of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal QC., administered through the Cedars Cancer Foundation. By establishing this unit, doctors, researchers and patients will benefit from this promising and burgeoning area of research in the fight against cancer. Last year, our inaugural ride raised close to $60K!
 
Cell Therapy / Immunotherapy has shown incredible advances in the treatment of blood cancers and other applications and is being utilized as an alternative to certain forms of chemotherapy. The money we raise goes directly to the advancement of cell therapy research under this initiative.
 

Register now

Become a part of this incredible weekend! Registration is limited and will close once our room block at the resort is at capacity. To sign-up, follow the easy steps below. Riders are asked to pay a registration fee by August 01, 2018 which covers most of the weekend activities excluding alcohol and raise a minimum of $1250CDN which goes directly to fund the research of Dr. Laneuville. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy the weekend for an additional fee based on room occupancy.
 

The Story of Hope and Gratitude

In early 2009, overweight and tired of feeling unwell and lethargic, I set out to finally abandon dieting and adopt a lifestyle that I hoped would last a lifetime. Getting on a bike and riding every night helped me to improve my physical fitness and lose more than 80 pounds in two years.

Rob Callard
In September 2009, and thanks to the weight loss, I discovered a tumor on my abdomen which was quickly diagnosed as an advanced form of incurable but treatable non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A set-back from the positive changes that had taken place that year, but I was willing to face this challenge head-on.

In 2011, a year after successfully completing my treatments, including having my stem cells harvested and banked away, I decided to give back by participating in my first charity bike ride for cancer research, with my friend Dave Wiggins by my side.

The following year, I decided to form a team within the Ride to Conquer Cancer, and we aptly named it Team Hope and Gratitude. These are the words I live by everyday, and they are a constant reminder of the hope that we conquer this complicated disease, and the gratitude for life and for the wonderful people I have met and surround me in my life.

Since 2009, I have participated in 14 charity events, and collectively have raised more than $350,000 for cancer-related research. More than 30 individuals have become members of our team over the past six years, and we have forged lifelong friendships out of this. The culture of “HG” as we call it, keeps growing and I am proud to share it with all of those who show an interest.

My partnership with the Cedars Cancer Foundation is the logical step in the Hope and Gratitude journey. A wonderful organization which understands the meaning of these words, and a perfect fit to ensure that my mission to raise money for cancer research continues. 

How do I get more details?

Our website will be fully functional by early 2018. In the meantime, you can start your fund-raising once registration is complete.
 
For more information, please contact Rob Callard, Event Chair
rac@videotron.qc.ca
514.869.6835
 
The Ride for Hope and Gratitude, in partnership with the Cedars Cancer Foundation
Continuing the Journey towards a cure. Together. 

Event location:
Fairmont Chateau Montebello


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