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We're always welcoming new teammates to the club! Riding solo can be fun and all, but a lot of the time it's just more fun to ride together. We're here to help each other get from start to finish, through flat tires, emotions with a supportive hand up that nasty hill. We're here for it all. Learn more.
Cancer has touched us all. We ride in The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer and fundraise for The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Spread through four provinces, this is North America's largest cycling fundraiser event.
PARAMEDICS FOR A CURE 2018 MILESTONES
Pop the bubbly, there's so much to celebrate in 2018!
Team Paramedics For A Cure is crossing so many incredible milestones this year, from fundraising to team growth and a whole lot of rider anniversaries.
10-Year PLATINUM HELMETS: Chris Mcphee and Michael Foley
5-Year GOLD HELMETS: Jocelyn Chan, Augusto DaSilva, Niall Laamanen, Carrie Mogan, David Naftolin, John Ng, Victor Yepes
PLATINUM AMBASSADOR: Chris Mcphee
Team PFAC fundraising total: $181,210
Top 5 Individual Team Paramedics for a Cure Fundraisers:
Chris Mcphee $4,862
Carmela Di Santo $4,321
Adrienne Taylor $4,020
Louis Duranleau $3,931
Michael Foley $3,660
THE INDUSTRY CHALLENGE IS OURS!
Team Paramedics For A Cure claims the spot as Top Fundraiser in the Health Care & Educational Services sector for the Ride to Conquer Cancer Industry Challenge!
Congratulations to Team Surge-On for holding the 3-year winning streak, and The Heme Team on rounding out the top three spot!
Ahead of what will be a huge year for Team PFAC in The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer, we would like to thank our extended family of sponsors and supporters from across the province who are helping us conquer cancer!
Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416 / The Acoustic Grill / ART Mississauga / Tribute Communities / Max Revolution / MacLachlan College / Kims Optical / Entree Plus / InterDev / North City General Insurance / Leggat Chevrolet / Florida Garage Ltd. / DCG / Willow Dental / KTI / Picton ESso / I've Got Your Back 911 / Allied Medical / Daye Dentistry / Oatley Vigmond / The Concrete Paving Company / Toronto Paramedic Association / The Q Restaurant / Vame Enterprises Inc / Empirical Capital Corp. / Mickey Baratz
Chris McPhee, a Toronto paramedic, has seen the professional and personal side of cancer. He sees cancer patients and their families in the back of his ambulance on a weekly basis. But he also knows firsthand what it’s like to watch loved ones be taken to the hospital for a cancer-related reason.
In 2016, Chris lost his mom to breast cancer, which had spread to her brain. Nine years earlier, his mother-in-law died of uterine cancer. And when Chris’s brother was only 14, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but thankfully now is cancer-free.
Chris is Team Captain of Paramedics for a Cure, which has raised over $507,626 since they started participating in The Ride, an accomplishment that Chris is so proud of. He shares with the rest of our Ride community why participating as a team comes with multiple benefits.
I have three reasons why riding on a team with people in my field is beneficial…
One: There is camaraderie amongst people who have shared similar circumstances. For us, the paramedics and frontline cancer fighters, we can relate to what cancer patients are going through. We know what it’s like to enter the home of a family where a cancer patient has fallen ill and have to deal with the patient and family’s concerns. As a team, when we get together to train and fundraise, it is a fun and social event that allows us to share our feelings about dealing with cancer and gives us more motivation to participate in The Ride.
Two: Pride and team spirit. As we ride, train and fundraise together, there is a sense of belonging and pride. This sense of belonging and pride relates to the fact that each team member is accountable to fellow team Riders, and therefore we motivate and mentor all Riders on the team to do their best.
Three: We fundraise together. We plan multiple events that benefit all members of our team and help all team Riders reach their goals. For example, throughout the months of May and June, we work with Toronto EMS to fundraise directly within our community, selling yellow epaulettes for $20 to paramedics to wear for the month of June in supporting cancer awareness. Proceeds will go to The Ride.
Our team, Paramedics for a Cure, fundraises and trains together all year round. We have literally made The Ride to Conquer Cancer a yearlong experience. The more than 200-kilometre event in June has become a reunion and a celebration of our training and fundraising efforts over the year. Come the finish line, and we will get ready to do it all over again next year!