The Pedal For Hope Impact Grant of the Canadian Cancer Society 2019-2022
We are excited to announce that the Peterborough and Durham Pedal For Hope Team will be funding a new four year impact grant through the Canadian Cancer Society.
The goal of the CCS Research Impact Grant program is to fund projects that will apply new knowledge to address problems in cancer research and have the potential for practical application.
The Canadian Cancer Society uses a scientific peer review process to determine which research projects will be funded. The aim is to ensure that the most original ideas, with the greatest scientific merit, obtain sufficient financial support to permit the ideas to be tested. Fellow scientists use a rigorous process to identify the applications which have the greatest potential for contributing to the reduction of the incidence and mortality from cancer. This process includes a peer review panel where the projects are discussed and debated at length.
One of the research projects that was debated included one that is the new Pedal For Hope Impact Grant from 2019-2022. Dr Torsten Nielsen was chosen by his peers to be funded as part of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Impact Grant program.
Dr Nielson will receive $1 million over the next 4 years from the funds raised by Pedal For Hope. Dr Nielson is leading a large multidisciplinary team to tackle some of the biggest challenges in sarcoma research. Sarcomas are a group of over 50 types of cancer that grow in the fat, muscles, tendons and ligaments and most often affect teens and young adults. Due to the challenges of diagnosing and treating these tumours there is 50% mortality rate. Although surgery and radiation can cure half of the patients, chemotherapy will only work a for few types of sarcoma.
Dr Nielson and his team of researchers are developing a single comprehensive diagnostic tool as well as testing new targeted treatment therapies, including some that are showing promise in sarcomas that do not respond to other cancer treatment.
This research will give young Canadians new options and new hope.
In Dr Nielson’s own words:
"I'm leading a team of scientists and doctors working on a group of cancers called sarcomas that affect teenagers especially -- people who should have a long and active life ahead of them, and for whom we really need to do more than extend survival but really find cures that don't cause lifelong side effects. There is much to do, and for a lot of reasons these diseases haven't been getting as much research attention as more common kinds of cancers. That's frustrating because some recent scientific advances have pinpointed the specific mutations that cause some of these sarcomas, while also showing very few other mutations -- meaning we have targets to aim at which may have a higher chance of working to block cancer growth without causing many side effect on normal cells.
With the support from Pedal for Hope and from the Canadian Cancer Society, we are now getting the resources to make a serious, multipronged effort to find out exactly how these mutations cause sarcomas in young people, what we need to do to block that process, and develop new diagnostic tests and specific treatment options. We're also creating new opportunities for smart and motivated young people to learn skills in cancer research, training a new generation in how we can fight back against cancer."
We are very excited to be an important part of Dr Nielson’s research for the next 4 years and know that the money raised through the tours will have a significant impact on teens and young adults in Canada.
CIBC Run For The Cure Durham - September 30, 2018
This year's CIBC Run For The Cure Durham was a huge success, raising an astounding $337,475 in support of breast cancer research. Big congratulations to everyone involved, including the 2008 participants who took part in the run, 235 amazing volunteers and all of our generous sponsors for supporting us.
Mudmoiselle - July 7, 2018
What an amazing event raising over $130,000! Over 650 participants with 110 teams took part in a 5km mud run overcoming obstacles to raise money for cancer research! Participants went the extra muddy mile for a great cause proving cancer fights dirty but so do they! Over 115 fearless kids joined for a day of mud, sweat, and cheers participating in a 1km run.
Relay For Life Durham - June 9, 2018
Over 55 participants and 17 teams hit the track at Village Union Public School on June 9th, 2018. Over $29,000 was raised to fund cancer research and to support local programs and services. Teams had a lot of fun joining in fun theme laps and grooved to music.
Relay For Life Clarington - June 23, 2018
Over 120 participants and 25 teams hit the track at Clarington Central Secondary School on June 23rd, 2018. Over $65,000 was raised to fund cancer research and to support local programs and services. Teams had a lot of fun joining in fun theme laps and grooved to music.
Pedal For Hope - April - May, 2018
Travelling to 50 schools over 3 weeks, the Pedal For Hope team collected funds raised by students while delivering messages about kids living with cancer. Over $328,000 was raised from this year's ride. The funds will be directed through the Canadian Cancer Society to support the work of Dr. Lillian Sung who is developing a technology to help kids communicate their symptoms when they're going through difficult times and pediatric cancer research.