(MISSISSAUGA) — The Peel Chapter of The Motorcycle Ride for Dad presented a cheque today for $14,525 to The Peel Regional Cancer Centre (PRCC) at The Credit Valley Hospital (CVH). The donation, raised by the volunteers and participants of the Peel Motorcycle Ride for Dad last year, will be used to fund prostate cancer research at the hospital.
The research study, led by Dr. Glenn Jones, Radiation Oncologist at CVH, examines the results of prostate cancer treatment in approximately 2,000 men cared for at the PRCC between 2004-2011. It explores the relationships between types of prostate cancer, treatment methods, adverse effects of treatment and rates of disease control. “The study will evaluate the state-of-the-art technology being used at CVH to treat prostate cancer,” said Dr. Jones. “Findings will provide patients with a customized plan of care from just after diagnosis to well into long-term survivorship. Technical findings of the study will help to further refine the new radiation and imaging technology being used at CVH, to reduce side effects and improve prostate cancer control.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men, and the second leading cause of cancer related death in men. One in six men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, and this year alone, 25,500 men will be diagnosed with the disease.
“The Peel Motorcycle Ride for Dad is honoured to be able to support prostate cancer research being conducted by Dr. Jones and his research team here at the Peel Regional Cancer Centre at The Credit Valley Hospital,” said Don Jorgensen, Peel Motorcycle Ride for Dad Co-Chair Organizing Committee.
“We are grateful that The Motorcycle Ride for Dad has selected our program to receive this donation,” said Dr. Thomas McGowan, Medical Director, Radiation Oncology at CVH. “This funding will support critical prostate cancer research and will help make a difference in the lives of thousands of men in this community.”
In the 2010 Peel Ride, 240 riders raised over $30,000, of which more than $14,000 was earmarked for research. The Peel Ride has four gold sponsors, including Peel Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Association, Titan Motorcycle of Canada, Kahuna Powersports of Toronto, and their other sponsor, Jevco Insurance. The ride covered a 180 kilometre route through Peel and Halton regions.
The Motorcycle Ride for Dad began in Ottawa in 2000 as a single city event to raise money for prostate research and awareness. Two volunteers and 80 riders were involved in that event raising nearly $20,000. Since then the ride has expanded to 31 cities across Canada with events in every province and territory and has donated more than $7 million to its cause.
The Credit Valley Hospital provides community-based patient and family-centred care to approximately one million people in Mississauga and the surrounding region. Our community hospital also has a teaching affiliation with The Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Credit Valley Hospital has consistently achieved the highest awards from Accreditation Canada meeting national safety and patient care standards. The Credit Valley Hospital values excellence, leadership, diversity and partnership so that Together We Create Better Health Care.
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