Since its inaugural trek in 2015, the ride has been a tremendous success, raising over $647,000 to date for the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic and the oncology inpatient unit at The Moncton Hospital (TMH).
Proceeds have been invested in
- Digital slide scanner—the first NB hospital lab to have one
$235,000 has been used to purchase an advanced digital slide scanner to help in detecting cancer, making TMH the first hospital laboratory in NB to have one. This will mean faster turnaround times for test results, allowing patients to receive diagnosis and treatment options more quickly.
Right now, when patient samples need review by expert pathologists, they must be couriered out of province. That can lead to delays that negatively impact those patients. Getting these results sooner is critical to expediting a patient’s treatment, improving their care and potentially saving their life. The TMH sends out about 300 consultations per year.
- 3D Mammography Screening Units
$103,000, the proceeds from 2021, were dedicated to helping purchase two 3D Mammography Screening Units for the Katherine Wright Centre to help with the early detection of breast cancer. Upgrading from a conventional Digital Mammogram (2D image) to Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D image) technology means optimal patient care, improved patient experience and better outcomes.
- Video-conferencing technology
Video-conferencing options ensure that timely and qualitative consultations between colleagues and visits with patients continue despite distance and weather.
Other essential equipment
- Critical equipment such as an ECG, vital signs and blood pressure monitors so patients can be treated in the appropriate in-patient unit
- A platelet agitator, saving time and resources to ensure blood products are available on-site and at the proper temperatures
- A leading-edge equipment unit that lets our surgeons detect cancer in the lymph nodes of breast cancer patients
- Replacing worn out blood pressure monitors, IV pumps, and other essential patient care devices for patient care
- Financial assistance to ensure that staff remains up to date on the latest procedures and technologies
Programs and reach
- Strengthening the clinical trial program
- Improving access to care for patients throughout Southeast New Brunswick and beyond
- Family room and sleeper chairs, which make long stays more comfortable for loved ones
- Replacing a patient lift that had reached the end of its lifespan
- Building an awning over the entrance to the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology clinic. This important addition to the building protects cancer patients from the elements when arriving and leaving from their appointments. Funds from the Ride contributed $62,500 to the entire project cost of $137,500.
Support for patients
- Monies raised from the 2022 and 2023 Rides will top up both The Angel Fund and The Rebecca Schofield Fund, helping cancer patients whose financial situation is a barrier to care and recovery.
The Angel Fund was established in 2003 by the late Cindy Hewitt, from funds raised through the long-standing annual Hillsborough Fashions Gala. It provides financial and other support to women dealing with breast cancer.
The Rebecca Schofield Fund, established in 2019, helps all cancer patients with things that often get overlooked. The fund’s intent is to make “a struggle into a smile,” in keeping with honouring Becca’s legacy.
About the Ride
CANCER IS COMPLICATED. CARING IS NOT.
NB Doctors Cycling Against Cancer was born eight years ago when Dr. Mohammed Harb brought the idea to his colleagues at The Moncton Hospital (TMH) after taking part in a similar fundraiser in the United Kingdom. Dr. Paul Goobie, Dr. Tooraj Shakerinia and Dr. Nizar Abdel-Samad liked the idea, so they gathered some friends, mapped a route and completed their inaugural trek in 2015.
Ride is growing steadily each year
Since their first Ride, these dedicated TMH physicians have been joined by more and more physicians and healthcare providers, family, friends, and other supporters from across our community. We are always and forever grateful to all of them for giving us their time, energy and commitment to help raise funds for cancer patients.
Solo and team rides too
In 2021, we introduced our “solo” ride with great success, and it too has been steadily growing. The solo rides let you do your own fundraising however and whenever you are most comfortable. Choose your own goal, then walk, run, swim, bike—whatever activity you like, whenever you choose, any time during the year. So easy!
The RIDE has something for everyone, and there’s always room for more.
Helping cancer patients
Proceeds from each year’s Ride are used for top-priority needs at the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic and the oncology in-patient unit ofThe Moncton Hospital. Read more
Donations and sponsorships are made to the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation.
Read more about the Foundation
We can’t thank you enough
Again, thank you to each and every one of our present and past Ride participants, for reaching out to your own networks for support to help us raise funds for The Moncton Hospital. We couldn’t do it without you.
We’d love to see even more people join us in 2023!
Cancer patients and their families are counting on us.
Let’s put the “fun” in fundraise!