Edmonton-area motorcyclists raise money for prostate cancer research
AMBER BRACKEN, JEFF CUMMINGS, EDMONTON SUN
Military vehicles were not the only machines heard roaring at the Edmonton Garrison Saturday.
Close to 900 motorcycle enthusiasts rode their prized machines through long stretches of highway from the garrison through Lamont, Gibbons, Chipman, and Andrew to raise money for important prostate cancer research.
Chris Reeves, the secretary treasurer with the Edmonton Motorcycle Ride for Dad committee, says the event has raise close to $1.2 million for vital research in the ride’s seven-year-history.
And while no tally has been made after this year’s Motorcycle Ride For Dad, Reeves say that number could go up to $1.6 million.
“For many of our members, prostate cancer has touched their families,” said Reeve. Reeves says the ride will help researchers find new ways to treat the illness that has statistically impacted one in every seven Canadian men.
“They hope to elevate unnecessary surgery and unnecessary complications,” said Reeve.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men. It’s estimated that more than 24,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Canada this year, says the group of riders. An estimated 4,300 men in Canada will die from the disease this year.
“We all have men in our lives — fathers, sons, and uncles,” said co-organizer Shauna Makonechny while trying to fight tears.
For more info, check out motorcycleridefordad.org.