On Saturday, March 23rd, the Great Spin event, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) spinning challenge, will be held at Physical Park in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The goal is to recruit 100 bike enthusiasts and raise $40 000. 100% of the funds raised at the Great Spin will stay in Quebec and fund the research here on childhood cancers.
The Great Spin is an original, sporty and exciting way to raise money and fight cancer in children while promoting prevention and healthy lifestyles! Guided by an instructor with upbeat music, participants pedal alone or as a team. Residents of the West Island and surrounding areas are invited to register now individually or as a team for a one-hour, two-hour, three-hour or even four-hour challenge. Information and online registration at greatspin.ca.
“More than 300 children in Quebec, (900 in the country) are diagnosed with cancer each year. Fortunately, most children survive, but the diagnosis is terrible and disrupts the lives of these young people and their families, said Mei-Lin Yee, CCS spokesperson. We know that research can change the outcome for children with cancer, and that’s what donations raised at the Great Spin in Vaudreuil-Dorion are planning to do”. Eight events will take place during the months of February and March, throughout Québec. The objective is to collect at least $300 000.
• The CCS is the most involved agency in pediatric cancer research in the country: More than 50 million dollars has been distributed by CCS in 170 projects over the past 15 years.
• In Montreal, by 2021, CCS will invest, among other things, 3.8 million in 7 research projects on leukemia and lymphoma in children. The Canadian Cancer Society/Cole Foundation Research Program will support the efforts of 25 researchers to position Quebec as a research hub in Canada.
• Investments in research have improved the detection and treatment of childhood cancers, increasing the survival rate after 5 years from 71% 30 years ago to over 83% today.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
With nearly 40 offices and service centres across Quebec, CCS is helping and supporting two million people in Quebec annually. With the support of 300 000 donors and 30 000 volunteers, CCS is able to prevent more cancers, to fund more research projects and to