MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Greeting to all ~ riders, volunteers, old friends and new…
First and foremost, I hope this finds you well and coping in these unique and unprecedented times. We will certainly look back down the road and mark this as extraordinary in the history books.
I’m writing to you with a heavy heart but also with anticipation and hope for 2021…
Given the current situation we are moving The 4th Annual Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude to June 4-6 2021 in Bromont, Quebec. We felt that under the circumstances, that this is the best decision.
Our plan is to start marketing the event this summer once the new Cedars website is up and running. This will give old and new riders close to a year to prepare for the ride.
Please save-the-date in your calendar. I hope you can all make it in June 2021!
Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued commitment to the ride, and please know how hard it was to postpone the ride. We felt it was the right thing to do.
For now, stay safe and know that we will all get through this together!!
With best regards, Rob (Callard)
The 3rd Annual Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude raises over $125,000 for
The Cedars-Laneuville Cell Therapy Research
Montreal, QC., Sept. 18, 2019 - Last weekend, 30 riders set out in the picturesque Eastern Townships for the 3rd Annual Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude, raising in excess of $125,000. With 124km to cover, these latter embarked on a journey filled with scenic cycling, great riding camaraderie and exciting new surprises in support of the Hematology-Oncology Cell Therapy for Blood Cancers under the leadership of Dr. Pierre Laneuville.
“Hope and Gratitude are the words I live by every day,” explained Rob Callard, cancer survivor and the driving force behind this epic ride. “They are a constant reminder of the hope that we conquer this complicated disease, and the gratitude for life and for the wonderful people I have met and surround me in my life.”
Cell Therapy Immunotherapy has shown new promise in the treatment of blood cancers and other applications and is being utilized as an alternative to certain forms of chemotherapy. By establishing a new Cell Therapy Unit under the direction of Dr. Pierre Laneuville, doctors, researchers and patients will benefit from this promising and burgeoning area of research in the fight against cancer.
“The Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude has successfully raised over the last few years vital funds for Dr. Pierre Laneuville’s Cell Therapy. This leading-edge program saved my life and I hope to make a difference in someone else’s cancer journey.”
Amongst the eager riders who joined Callard on this year’s ride were Andrew Carter, ambassador of the Cedars Ride for Hope & Gratitude and morning host of CJAD, as well as fellow cancer survivor, Benoit St-Amant. St-Amant is also being treated by Dr. Laneuville and he touched everyone as he shared his own cancer journey. “Thank you, Rob, for having me on the ride, it’s was an honor to be part of such a nice event,” he stated. “Thank you to Dr. Laneuville whom I met through my friends at Cedars. I am here today, still alive and in good shape mainly because of his research. All the money we raised goes directly to Dr. Laneuville’s cell therapy unit, and will directly help me, and thousand others to fight cancer and suffer less from chemo.”
For more information or to make a donation, visit the Cedars Ride for hope and Gratitude website.
Rob Callard’s Story In early 2009, overweight and tired of feeling unwell and lethargic, Rob set out to finally abandon dieting and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Getting on a bike and riding every night helped him improve his physical fitness and lose more than 80 pounds in two years. In September 2011, and thanks to the weight loss a tumor was discovered on his abdomen which was quickly diagnosed as an advanced form of incurable but treatable non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In 2011, a year after successfully completing his treatments, including having his stem cells harvested and banked away, Rob decided it was time to get back on the bike and turn his passion into a fund-raising initiative. In 2012, Team Hope and Gratitude was brought to life.
At the end of 2018, he was faced with the unfortunate return of lymphoma and received treatments to eradicate the disease for a second time. After some complications from the nature of the strain, he once again had the good fortune to be overseen by Dr. Pierre Laneuville, who has proven to be instrumental in the quick diagnosis and treatment of his relapse, using the stems he had banked away in 2012.
Cedars Cancer Foundation Situated in Montreal, Cedars Cancer Foundation is a hospital-based foundation that supports comprehensive cancer care for all patients pediatric, adolescent and young adult, adults and those in palliative care at the MUHC.
Since 1966, Cedars has raised over $60 million in much-needed funds to invest in cancer research, patient education and professional training, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, improve facilities, build and sustain awareness of cancer-related issues and provide exceptional care and treatment for cancer patients and their families.
Cedars also offers a wide range of free services and support programs to look after the minds, bodies and spirits of cancer patients.
For more information, please visit www.cedars.ca
For more information, please contact: Juliette Pollard Cedars Cancer Foundation (514) 656-6662 email@example.com
Andrew Carter talks about Cedars Ride for Hope and Gratitude
CJAD 800 AM - Montreal
WHY DO WE RIDE?
The Ride for Hope and Gratitude is a proud supporter of the Cedars-Laneuville Cell Therapy Research through the Ensign Ewart Research Fund. The mission of this ride is to raise funds for the creation of a new Cell Therapy Unit under the direction of Dr.Pierre Laneuville of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal QC., administered through the Cedars Cancer Foundation. By establishing this unit, doctors, researchers and patients will benefit from this promising and burgeoning area of research in the fight against cancer. This year we raised an incredible $113,000 for the Cedars Laneuville Cell Therapy Initiative. Thanks to all our wonderful donors and sponsors.
Cell Therapy / Immunotherapy has shown incredible advances in the treatment of blood cancers and other applications and is being utilized as an alternative to certain forms of chemotherapy. The money we raise goes directly to the advancement of cell therapy research under this initiative.
It’s not just a ride, it’s a journey.
Become a part of this incredible weekend! Registration is limited and will close once our room block at the resort is at capacity. To sign-up, follow the easy steps below. Riders are asked to pay a registration fee by July 01, 2019 which covers most of the weekend activities excluding alcohol and raise a minimum of $1500CDN which goes directly to fund the research of Dr. Laneuville. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy the weekend for an additional fee based on room occupancy.