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Ride to Conquer Cancer raises $16.7M for Toronto researchers

Frank Qi, a first-time Ride to Conquer Cancer participant, gets ready to cycle on Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC News) Frank Qi, a first-time…

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Frank Qi, a first-time Ride to Conquer Cancer participant, gets ready to cycle on Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC News) Frank Qi, a first-time Ride to Conquer Cancer participant, was "pretty scared" about the prospect of having to raise money.

That’s because he still remembers being a kid and having to sell "boxes of almonds" to support various initiatives — he was not much of a salesman.

"I was always the kid that would pretty much buy a box or two and return the rest," Qi said.

On Saturday morning, Qi was one of more than 3,000 cyclists ready to ride in the 15th annual fundraiser for researchers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Together, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation says they have raised $16.37 million.

It’s estimated that two in every five Canadians will receive a cancer diagnosis during the course of their life, and that one in four will die as a result.

The charity ride is widely considered one of the world’s top public cycling events. It went virtual in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The mood was cheerful near the starting line at Exhibition Place on Saturday."We had some beautiful weather, we’ve got great people," Qi said, "we’re looking forward to it." Cyclists start the 2022 Ride to Conquer Cancer. The charity ride is widely considered one of the world’s top public cycling events. It went virtual in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC News) "I think you feel the energy, […]

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