Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer announces $3.6M, and counting, in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation

After two years, the annual Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer, Alberta’s largest cycling fundraiser, shifts back to an in person event, supporting breakthrough cancer research and care at the 17 cancer centres across Alberta.

July 23, 2022 – Alberta – After two years of cancelled events and virtual rides, the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer is back for its 14th annual ride. This year, riders will journey up to 200 kilometres over two days throughout southern Alberta. So far, almost 900 participants (both in-person and virtual) have helped to raise $3.6M for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Fundraising for the event will continue through the weekend and until July 24, 2022.

For the last 14 years, the Tour has supported local cancer research, clinical trials, enhanced care and the discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centres across Alberta. While some things may have changed over the pandemic, like virtual rides and fundraising events, every day nearly 60 Albertans continue to hear the words, “you have cancer.” This year’s event is back in person, with the option to walk, run or cycle virtually, and is once again bringing riders together to help raise money to support Albertans and their families facing cancer.

As the province’s largest cycling fundraiser and one of Canada’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event, the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer (formerly known as the Ride to Conquer Cancer) continues to raise money for innovative cancer research and care in Alberta.

“It’s been two long years without an in person event. We’re excited to bring our community together again to celebrate their hard work and make a difference for Albertans facing cancer,” said Wendy Beauchesne, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

“We are so grateful for this inspirational community of riders, donors and partners like Enbridge who are dedicated to providing real-life returns to patients across the province. Dollars raised will continue to support the 17 cancer centres across the province and provide Albertans with access to world-class research, treatment and care.”

Enbridge has been the title sponsor of Tour Alberta for Cancer since 2010, and this year is no different. The dedicated Enbridge team of 250 participants has raised more than $600,000 to support programs, groundbreaking research and awareness for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

“We need to continue to come out, to fundraise and support research that will make a difference,” said Vern Yu, Executive Vice President Corporate Development & CFO. “We’re proud to be the title sponsor of the Tour Alberta, which has an unparalleled impact on cancer outcomes for Albertans.”

Without the support and dedication of riders like Jeff Buchan from Drayton Valley, the success of the ride would not be possible. Jeff decided to join the Tour and raise money after his son, Brody, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “The Tour Alberta for Cancer is a way I can make a difference, it’s something positive I can do to distract me from the helplessness while Brody fights his battle,” shares Jeff. “Since Brody was diagnosed, I’ve learned that cancer touches all of us in some way. This community of people is taking action to make things better for the next person, the next family, to ease their suffering.”

About the Alberta Cancer Foundation

The Alberta Cancer Foundation directly supports the 17 cancer centres across the province, including the new Calgary Cancer Centre and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Our purpose is to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring our community to give to innovation in detection, treatment and care. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we are able to invest in research and care initiatives that will provide real-life returns for Albertans facing cancer. We support every Albertan, no matter what type of cancer they face or where they live in the province.

About Enbridge Inc.

At Enbridge, we safely connect millions of people to the energy they rely on every day, fueling quality of life through our North American natural gas, oil or renewable power networks and our growing European offshore wind portfolio. We’re investing in modern energy delivery infrastructure to sustain access to secure, affordable energy and building on two decades of experience in renewable energy to advance new technologies including wind and solar power, hydrogen, renewable natural gas and carbon capture and storage. We’re committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the energy we deliver, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge’s common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges. To learn more, visit us at enbridge.com.

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Phoebe Dey
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Alberta Cancer Foundation
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Alberta Cancer Foundation
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Team NOV

As a Northern Lights sponsor, NOV is supporting the Alberta Cancer Foundation to progress cancer research and empower healthcare professionals across the province to deliver the best care available. Over the last seven years, they have been proud to champion our cause, and have fundraised more than $890K. This year, they aim to round that number to $1 million.

We had a chance to catch up with Team NOV Captain Tom Hewitt, as well as teammates Mary O-Regan and Kevin Domagala, who you can look forward to connecting with at the Calgary Polo Club on July 23 and 24!

Tom started Team NOV in 2015 as its sole member, but it wasn’t long before he recruited 40 colleagues to join him in cycling for a cure. Eight years later, they’re 43 members strong.

“I wanted to give back to the community, something meaningful that would change the lives of others for the better,” explains Tom.
Mary is also a long-time supporter of the Tour, and has ridden in every ride except the first. She was driven to lend her support after she sadly lost her ex-husband who is the father of her children to mesothelioma, and currently has two sisters and a niece facing cancer.

2022 marks Kevin’s fifth year Touring. His wife Samm took on the challenge in 2017 and inspired him to start his own journey a year later. He cycled virtually last year, but like many of us, can’t wait to be back to the in-person event where hundreds of riders with their own stories will join to honour those with us and those we have lost.

With years of experience under their belts, Team NOV knows the importance of getting time in your seat, and shares their advice for riders who are new to long-distance rides:

“Get enough time in the saddle before the event and on Tour Day, take it in small bites. For example, it’s about 30km to the first rest station and that’s not too difficult. Once that 30km is accomplished, look ahead to the second bite. Before you know it, all those small sections add up to 70 or 100km.”

– Tom Hewitt

“Ride as much as you can before the Tour, and don’t forget to practice on hills! Get a good pair of cycling shorts, some butt butter, and go commando in your cycling shorts.”

– Mary O-Regan

“Take the ride in small sections at a time. No matter how much or little you prepare, there will always be riders less or more prepared than you, so take your own pace and think about the greater cause, using those you ride for as your inspiration and motivation!”

– Kevin Domagala

They know emotions will be high during the Tour and anticipate building moments that will last a lifetime.

“From the tears at the opening ceremonies to the elation of the entire team crossing the finish line on day two,” Tom is ready for the remarkable experience that the Tour presents. Kevin shares his excitement, explaining that “Crossing the finish line is always the most rewarding and memorable experience. There’s nothing quite so uplifting and emotional all at once.”

Mary also looks back fondly on previous rides and cherishes the memory of holding her daughter’s hand up to the sky as they crossed the finish line together. This year, she looks forward to learning the stories of the other cyclists she’ll meet along her 200km ride and while camping at the Calgary Polo Club.

Thank you to Tom, Mary, Kevin, and all the members of Team NOV for your continuous support and contributions.

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Team RBC

Over the past seven years, RBC has fundraised more than $730K to bring hope to Albertans facing cancer and is one of the Tour’s Northern Lights sponsors. This year, they aim to raise another $100K with the support of Team RBC.

Sean Baylis is one of the team’s captains and will be participating in his ninth Tour this year. He’s riding in honour of his colleague Kelly Mitchell, and Team RBC member Nancy Barnes, who sadly passed from cancer. As he explains, this cause is important to him because he has “fought this terrible disease, and watched it take a terrible toll on many family members and friends.”

Already equipped with a love for cycling prior to his first event, Sean was originally inspired to take on the challenge by his colleague Tyson MacDonald.

With nearly a decade of Tour experience, he knows that long-distance rides are best approached in small increments.

Sean will be joining us in-person at the Calgary Polo Club on July 23 and 24, and cycling 200km. His advice for first-time Tour-goers is to “Train in increments of 50, 60, 70, 80, and 100km rides.”

Over the past few months, his training routine has included riding the beautiful Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail that connects Canmore and Banff, while also working in daily Peloton sessions.

He looks forward to connecting with the thousands of riders who will be present in support of the courageous Albertans facing cancer both during the ride and at its festivities, and hearing the impactful stories that have brought so many participants there. He’s garnered some of his greatest memories from his involvement with the Tour over the past nine years.

Thank you to Sean and all of Team RBC for your continuous support and contributions.

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