Ionic Mountain Bike Tour 2018 raises $37,500 for Bladder Cancer Technology
NCF Ionic Mountain Bike Tour start of race

The Advanced 20km Trail racers line up before their 10:00am start. Over 175 participants rode the trails on Sunday morning.

The parking lot and street were full at the Naughton Trail Centre as over 175 bikers checked in at the Ionic Mountain Bike Tour 2018. Participants prepared to shred the course and raise funds for Bladder Cancer Technology at the Northeast Cancer Centre.

Bladder cancer patient and Walden Group General Manager Ryan Lougheed was the driving force behind choosing the Northern Cancer Foundation as the fundraising partner for the event. It was the first time the Ionic Mountain Bike Tour has had a charity partner.

“Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Canada, yet I’d never even heard of it until I was diagnosed. An opportunity presented itself and I was going to grab it by the horns. Today, I’m not only am I informed, but I realize that I can help make real change right here in Sudbury at Health Sciences North, helping patients from all over northeastern Ontario. Being afraid of cancer was not going to be part of my journey,” he said.

NCF Ionic Mountain Bike Tour cheque presentation

The Ionic Mountain Bike Tour 2018 organizing committee and major sponsors were proud to announce that $37,500 was raised for Bladder Cancer Technology at the Northeast Cancer Centre. Walden Group President Kris Ferguson (left), NCF Special Events Manager Elizabeth Taillefer, Walden Group General Manager Ryan Lougheed, Ionic Engineering General Manager Andre Dumais, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations Program Engineer and Walden Mountain Bike Club Vice-President Rusty Hopper.

It was announced during the race that $37,500 was raised to help in the purchase of Blue Light Cystoscopy (BTC) equipment at the Northeast Cancer Centre. BTC is a diagnostic tool used to better detect bladder cancer tumours and reduce the cost of treatment per patient. This technology costs approximately $300,000.

Full results can be found on the Walden Mountain Bike Club website, www.waldenmbc.ca.

The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) will advance and make a difference in cancer outcomes and experience through the support of research and patient care in Northeastern Ontario. Every dollar donated stays in the region which enables the Northeast Cancer Centre to give patients the best care possible. Your Foundation for patient care and research in the North, for the North.

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