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Tuesday April 14th, 2015

Posted at 8:08pm

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File photo from the 2014 Ride for Dad

Windsor’s TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad launched their 2015 fundraising campaign Tuesday. The launch marked the beginning of their six week fundraising initiative to gather support and pledges for their motorcycle ride being held in Windsor on Sunday, May 24th.

The ride will be a day of fun for a serious cause. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed men’s cancer. One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with this disease, and twelve will die from it today.

“Prostate cancer is a needless killer for men,” said Paul Bridgeman, chair of the Windsor chapter. “The more the community is aware and educated about prostate cancer, the less chance there is to lose the men in our lives to this terrible disease. The TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad not only raises funds to fight this disease, but it also gives men and their families a reason to talk about it”

2013 Super Bowl champion Luke Wilson will be the Celebrity Ride Captain this year. “I’m happy to be taking part in the Motorcycle Ride For Dad and helping to raise awareness in our community about prostate cancer. I look forward to seeing everyone on Ride day”, stated Wilson.

The TELUS Motorcycle Ride For Dad is Canada’s largest annual motorcycle event dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and awareness. From its humble beginnings, the Ride For Dad has grown to include almost 40 cities in every province in the country. Today, more than 250,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $13 million to fight prostate cancer.

“This Ride attracts approximately one thousand motorcycle enthusiasts from our region that want to give back to their community, but we also want non-riders to get involved by becoming a champion, making a donation, or volunteering at the event,” says Bridgeman. “We give where we ride! This year our objective is to have 1,000 participants and raise $75,000, and we need the communities support to reach these goals. We encourage everyone to reach deep into their pockets – do it for your dad, your brother, and your friends!”

This year’s Windsor ride will begin at Festival Plaza and travel westward on Riverside Drive to the break-off point, the Tilson Armory. From there, riders will follow the poker run map to four stops in the county including the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 in Amherstburg, the Colchester Bar & Grill in Harrow, Shoeless Joe’s in Leamington and Rochester Place Golf Club in Belle River, before returning to the Festival Plaza for a steak dinner and entertainment provided by local bands Bad Moustache, the Hospice Wellness Band and Paying Cash.

Motorcycle riders, prostate cancer patients and their families, and non-riders can learn more about participating and donating by visiting their website here.

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