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Solo cycling for 2020 N.B. Doctors Cycling Against Cancer

For Immediate Release

(MONCTON) June 24, 2020 - The sixth annual N.B. Doctors Cycling Against Cancer ride has officially begun.

The physician-led event raises funds for cancer care at Horizon Health Network's (Horizon) Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital (TMH), as well as the hospital's inpatient unit.

The event looks a lot different this year. To cycle safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are taking part in solo rides.

Despite changes COVID-19 has brought to the health care system, cancer care has not stopped, as cancer does not stop.

While the ride may not be the same, it is still as important as ever.  

"Horizon is extremely grateful and proud to have such dedicated physicians and staff as part of our organization," said Karen McGrath, Horizon President and CEO. "Their dedication to enhance patient care for oncology patients did not waver, despite the obvious setbacks brought on by COVID-19."

Moving to a solo cycle allows cyclists to have more flexibility with their ride, resulting in an increase in staff participation. This year, 15 Horizon staff are participating.

"I know many people are dealing with uncertainty today," said Dr. Mohammed Harb, a Horizon Medical Oncologist and event founder. "If you can't give, I completely understand. But if you can, I'd appreciate your support. Despite everything going on in the outside world, the chemotherapy treatment room is full and the need to raise funds to ensure the best care for cancer patients has not changed."

Cyclists will be cycling alone or with others while observing all physical distancing rules, in their own family and friends bubble - rather than in a group. Participants will cycle on their own time, at their own pace - each with their own fundraising goal.

In five years, more than $320,000 has been raised to enhance patient care at Horizon's Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic. These funds have directly improved care for cancer patients and their families. In 2018-19, the clinic, which offers 28 treatment stations, had over 18,000 patient visits.

Donations can be made online at nbdocscac.com/how-to-donate, by mail to the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation (135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, NB, E1C 6Z8), or by calling 506-857-5488.

 

 

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For more information contact:

 

Kris McDavid

Media Relations

1-877-499-1899

media@horizonnb.ca

news.horizonnb.ca

 

Julie Thebeau, CFRE

Director, Communications

506-870-2699

Julie.Thebeau@HorizonNB.ca

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