OTTAWA, April 3, 2017 — Spring is just around the corner and that means CHEO is gearing up for its largest annual fundraiser in support of pediatric cancer – CN Cycle for CHEO. The ninth edition of the CN Cycle for CHEO will take place on Sunday, May 7th. Cyclists, walkers and in-line skaters will take to the streets in beautiful downtown Ottawa to raise money that will benefit cancer patients at CHEO. The grounds of the Canadian War Museum on Lebreton Flats provide the perfect environment for the start/finish lines for all routes, and plenty of room for music, displays, entertainment and family friendly activities that run all morning long.
Over the past eight years CN Cycle for CHEO has raised $5.8 million in support of kids with cancer at CHEO. At any given time, CHEO is involved in the care of more than 500 children affected by cancer. Funds from CN Cycle help CHEO treat the 200 patients in active care, as well as 300 patients who are monitored in the aftercare program.
CN Cycle for CHEO’s fully supported routes provide a unique urban cycling experience. Routes take riders along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Queen Elizabeth Driveway, through Colonel By Drive, downtown streets and the Rockcliffe Parkway.
CN has been the title sponsor of this event for the past eight years. “The fact that this event continues to make a huge difference in the lives of children with cancer makes us very proud,” said David Miller, assistant vice president of government relations for CN. “Seeing the thousands of people riding, rolling and walking for kids with cancer is very inspiring and we hope to see record crowds this year.”
All money raised at CN Cycle for CHEO will benefit kids with cancer. CHEO is the main beneficiary, with a portion of proceeds going to Candlelighters and Ronald McDonald House, two other organizations that support oncology patients and families.
CN Cycle for CHEO is not a competitive race; however the most ambitious participants can take part in the Ericsson 70K Cycle (start time 8:30 a.m.) or the Coughlin & Associates 35K Cycle (start time 9 a.m.). Esso is sponsoring the 15K Cycle and In-line Skate (start time 10 a.m.), the 5K walk is sponsored by CIRA and the 2K walk is sponsored by Sporting Life. (2K and 5K walks start at 10:15 a.m.) Participants are asked to choose the event they can comfortably complete by 12:15 p.m. Just before the start of the Esso 15K Cycle & In-line Skate, the “Tribute to Tori’s Angels” ceremony will be held. At the age of nine, Tori lost her courageous battle with cancer. This part of the day serves as a memorial to Tori and to all of the kids who faced cancer, who passed away, and live on in our memories.
Anyone wanting to support CN Cycle for CHEO can register online to participate, donate or volunteer at www.cncycle.ca. CN Cycle registration is powered by National Bank.
Participant bib pickup, pledge collection and in person registration will take place at the Canadian War Museum at the following times:
• May 3, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Atelier C)
• May 4, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Atelier C)
• May 5, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Barney Danson Theatre)
• May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Barney Danson Theatre)
• May 7, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Barney Danson Theatre)
Participants can take advantage of lower Early Bird fees by registering prior to April 16th, and can also have the option of fundraising to have the registration fee waived.
All registered participants will receive a bib that will entitle them to enjoy the walking or cycling events and free BBQ lunch. Participants can register as individuals or work with colleagues, friends, or associations to form teams to partake in the Ottawa Citizen Team Challenge.
Those unable to participate or attend can support the McDonald’s Dream Team, three inspiring CHEO cancer patients representing the thousands of patients who rely on CHEO each and every year! You can pledge online at cncycle.ca or call 613-737-7979.
Upon finishing the routes, there will be plenty of fun activities for people of all ages in the Majic 100 Family Fun Zone. Entertainment will include the Cowguys Comedy Show, musical entertainment by Sticks ‘n Stones, face painters, a family BBQ, a bouncy castle for the kids, Little Ray’s Reptiles, a petting zoo and more.
A special wrap-up ceremony with awards and a cheque presentation will be held at noon. We invite everyone, including our friends in the media, to attend this exciting event in support of kids with cancer.
Director of Communications