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Cyclists riding into Orillia in support of cancer research

Local stop part of 7 Days, a 1,100-km trek to 'create real change for people facing pancreatic cancer'
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A group of dedicated cyclists are embarking on a 1,100-kilometre journey over seven days across southern Ontario with the aim to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.

The 7 Days event will kick off on Saturday, May 27 at 8 a.m. at Aurora Town Park and take the cyclists through Brantford, London, Goderich, Owen Sound, and Orillia before returning to Aurora on Friday, June 2. In its 12th year, 7 Days was founded by Gord Townley to honour his late mother, Lorraine, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. To date, the 7 Days event has raised over $1.4 million for pancreatic cancer research.

“The camaraderie, the passion, the joy, the fundraising, the stories — all of those things happen at 7 Days. But, more importantly, this dedicated group of cyclists and donors create real change for people facing pancreatic cancer,” said Michelle Capobianco, chief executive officer, Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

The event is not just limited to those who will be riding in the event in person. A group of virtual riders will also be riding from across North America, allowing individuals from coast to coast to contribute to this important cause.

Pancreatic cancer is a global health crisis. It is currently the third-leading cancer killer in Canada and on track to be the second by 2030. This year over 6,900 Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 90 per cent of those diagnosed will not survive five years.

With a mere 10 per cent survival rate, and a diagnosis that is often referred to as a ‘death sentence,’ patients are immediately faced with an unthinkable reality. The 7 Days cyclists are on track to raise $200,000 in 2023, bringing a total of over $1.6 million raised for pancreatic cancer research through this event.

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