Ride for Dad gears up to crack $1M in prostate cancer funding
They rev the engines and the hogs peel out, the motorcycles that is.
Moe Sabourin is gearing up for Manitoba's Motorcycle Ride for Dad, a fundraising ride for prostate cancer research and education.
Sabourin, one of the founding members, started the Manitoba offshoot of the fundraiser seven years ago.
He was inspired to get involved when his good friend and neighbour was diagnosed with prostate cancer the year before. Fortunately, his friend survived and is now the spokesperson for Manitoba's Ride for Dad.
"I checked into it, put a few people together and seven years later we're bigger and better than anything you can imagine," Sabourin told CBC's Trevor Dineen on Information Radio.
From the beginning the ride was an overwhelming success, he said, in year one they had 400 people registered and they raised $70,000.
This year they have 1,500 people registered and are aiming for $350,000, which will put the seven-year total over $1 million.
In 2014, 23,600 Canadian men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,000 died, according to Prostate Cancer Canada.
Sabourin thinks that prostate cancer is such an important cause because many men still have such difficulty talking about their health or making doctors appointments on a regular basis. The cancer is treatable if it is caught in the early stages.
"A few minutes can save your life," he said Thursday.
Sabourin said all proceeds from the ride come back to Manitoba for education, awareness and research efforts, including funding some of Dr. Sabine Mai's research at Winnipeg's Genomic Centre for Cancer Research and Diagnosis.
On May 30, the motorcycles take off from Polo Park and ride to the Assiniboia Downs with a police escort. The group will then tour around Selkirk, Gimli and Lockport before heading back to the Windsor Park Canad Inns location for prizes.
"The bikes pretty much take over the whole town. The streets are just lined. But you know, the people are really good people. They gather the pledges and that's where most of the money is raised," Sabourin said.
And a ride for Trevor
CBC's Trevor Dineen wanted to be sure that Sabourin and Kirk Van Alstyne were ready for the upcoming ride, so he hitched a ride in Sabourin's sidecar.
Moe Sabourin is the Batman to my Robin today. Cause, yeah, everyone grows up wanting to be Robin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ridefordadmb?src=hash">#ridefordadmb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcmb?src=hash">#cbcmb</a> <a href="http://t.co/BtClURabaI">pic.twitter.com/BtClURabaI</a>—@TrevorCBC
Iceman made it look so easy to be cool. I failed miserably. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ridefordadmb?src=hash">#ridefordadmb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcmb?src=hash">#cbcmb</a> <a href="http://t.co/QR85VhAXsk">pic.twitter.com/QR85VhAXsk</a>—@TrevorCBC
Just two motorcycle guys showing each other some respect while I sat in the side car covered in my blankie. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcmb?src=hash">#cbcmb</a> <a href="http://t.co/ickUzrpZMx">pic.twitter.com/ickUzrpZMx</a>—@TrevorCBC