The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer Celebrates Second Annual Epic Impact Day in Western Australia

State-wide fundraising effort by The Ride community surges donations on a single day in support of life-saving cancer research at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth.

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June 12, 2013 (Perth): The Sunsuper Ride To Conquer Cancer celebrated its second annual “Epic Impact Day” in Western Australia on Wednesday. The state-wide fundraising initiative cancer survivors, cyclists and their supporters surged donations in support of life-saving cancer research at Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) in Perth.

“Funds raised through The Ride are put to use immediately right here in Western Australia supporting vital research programs at WAIMR ,” said Professor Peter Klinken, Director of the Institute.

“This year 43,000 deaths will be attributed to cancer in Australia while over 115,000 new cases will be diagnosed. WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve across the state, nation and globe. We are on a mission to conquer this disease and Epic Impact Day mobilizes The Ride community to unite and make substantial impact in support of this mission. We hope all Australians will support our riders by making a donation at donation by calling 1300 99 RIDE (7433)or by visiting www.conquercancer.org.au,” Professor Klinken added.

Last year, The Ride raised over $4.6 million for WAIMR making it the largest cycling fundraising event in the state’s history. The annual two-day, 200 km Ride draws thousands of participants from across the state and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise together for months in order to participate.

“I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2010,” said Belinda Povah of Western Australia, who is riding for the first time.

“My Brother took part in the ride last year and when I watched him come over the finish line, I knew I wanted to challenge myself to do this too. Surviving cancer was a challenge assigned to me that I didn’t choose. This is a challenge I have chosen for myself and it feels so good to be healthy enough to do it,” Mrs. Povah added.

The 2013 Ride will take place on October 19th & 20th of this year through picturesque Western Australia from Perth to Pinjarra and back. There will be an overnight camp in Pinjarra where participants will enjoy pre-pitched tents, hot meals, hot showers, massages, entertainment and other festive activities.

To donate, register or access more information, visit www.conquercancer.org.au or call 1300 99 RIDE (7433).

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ABOUT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH:
WAIMR is dedicated to improving the health of the community it serves – across the state, nation and globe. Its research aims to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of a range of diseases. The ultimate goal is to prevent disease developing and to create improved treatments if these conditions do emerge. The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as cancer especially breast, ovarian and prostate and leukemia, which are cancers of the blood system. More information can be found at www.waimr.uwa.edu.au

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kate McCabe
Communications Manager The Ride To Conquer Cancer
p. 0425 696 826
e. kmccabe@conquercancer.org.au