A community of over 800 Riders, 210 volunteers, sponsors, and supporters came together on September 28, 2019 at Ride for Cancer powered by BMO Bank of Montreal and raised over $842,656 net to transform cancer care in Atlantic Canada.
Funds raised will help stop cancer in its tracks by purchasing critical, state-of-the-art cervical cancer diagnostic and treatment equipment, help bring Atlantic Canada’s first surgical robotics technology to the QEII, fund groundbreaking research to discover new treatments and cures for blood cancer, as well as fund individualized support programs for cancer patients and their families through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Erinn Smeltzer and Megan Scanlan are sisters and best friends who participated in the 5th annual Ride for Cancer powered by BMO Bank of Montreal. Their Dad, Steve, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in September 2014 and passed away in July 2015. After their Dad’s cancer diagnosis, the sisters started doing their own research to see how they could contribute in a positive way, here at home. Despite the emotions that came with Ride day, Megan and Erinn were proud to face the fight as part of the Ride community.
“My Dad lived life the way he wanted to live it. He enjoyed every minute of it and he loved to celebrate. He would want us to help other people living with cancer who came after him.”
– Erinn Smeltzer, 2019 Ride for Cancer powered by BMO Bank of Montreal participant