March 15, 2017
The dates are set! The 2017 ride will take place from Monday, June 19th, returning to Moncton on Friday, June 23rd. Details are being finalize so stay tuned!
June 16, 2016
Where has time gone? Our cyclists will be returning to the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital tomorrow. Though the weather may not have been ideal for the first half, it is finally turning around and the sun is shinning. We have heard nothing but positive encouragement from all of our supports across the entire province. Please join us in welcoming our cyclists back at 2pm tomorrow, Friday, June 17. We know they would love to see you there.
Again, it is never too late to donate. Call The Friends at 857-5488 or donate online at https://support.friendsfoundation.ca/default.aspx and click NBDocsCAC from the drop down menu.
June 13, 2016
And They’re Off!
Surrounded by friends, family, colleagues, and supporters, our cyclists took off at 9am this morning to start this 500km ride. Dr. Rubin sent them off and we wish them swell. Stay tuned as we will be keeping to up to date with photos, stories, and candid shots. Every single cyclist was excited to start this journey and make a difference. It is not too late to donate. Call us at 857-5488 or donate online at https://support.friendsfoundation.ca/default.aspx and click NBDocsCAC from the drop down menu.
We are a matter of days away from the launch of the 2nd annual NBDocs ride – hard to believe! Today, we had a meeting with our amazing volunteers to finalize some of the last minute details if the event. They are excited to start this year’s ride and to make a difference once again.
We want to thank these folks – Paul, Mel, Kathleen and Bob – for taking time away from their personal lives and obligations next week to help our cyclists tour the province and raise funds for the Oncology Clinic. As you can see, they have this year’s flag all ready to go on tour!
We cannot wait for Monday!
REMEMBER! It is never too late to donate. Call us at 857-5488 today or donate online at https://support.friendsfoundation.ca/default.aspx and click NBDocsCAC from the drop down menu.
June 6, 2016
1-Week Countdown is ON!
This time next week, our cyclists and volunteers will be on their way to Kouchibouguac. We hope you are following us on Facebook (search NB Doctors Cycling Against Cancer) as this week, we will be introducing you to most of our cyclists! Donations are coming in but remember, it is never too late to donate. Call us at 857-5488 or donate online at https://support.friendsfoundation.ca/ and click NBDocsCAC from the drop down menu.
May 13, 2016
4-Week Countdown Begins!
Exactly 4 weeks until our cyclists depart from The Moncton Hospital’s Oncology Clinic for the 2016 ride. They will visit Miramichi, Fredericton and Saint John along the 500 kilometre trek. Visit www.nbdocscac.com/2016-route/ for a schedule and see detailed maps by clicking on the green text. Donations are coming in so visit www.nbdocscac.com/how-to-donate/ to give today. #NBDOCSCAC2016
May 10, 2016
N.B Breast Health Day – A Great Way to Get Ready for the Second Trek
What are the physicians doing with just over a month before they cycle 500 kilometers across New Brunswick? They are equally excited about bringing new information to our local physicians. Dr. Mohammed Harb, feels that this is how our treatment for our cancer patients will improve across the province and beyond. At The Moncton Hospital, we enjoy bringing the educational aspect, as it encourages everyone to sit together to make sure that the patients access the same standard of treatment no matter where you live in the Maritimes. When the quality of life improves, it means good work is being done.
The idea started for this NB Breast Health Day when Dr. Harb attended a conference in Whistler this February. He heard Dr. Ivo Olivotto’s presentation, and found it to be very interesting. It was from that meeting where he thought to approach Dr. Olivotto to discuss his presentation in Moncton. Dr. Ivo. Olivotto is the Professor at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre Head of Radiation Oncology and University of Calgary.
After some planning, Dr. Olivotto introduced his western colleague Dr. Antoine Bouchard-Fortierm, who is a Surgical Oncologist at the Foothills Medical Centre/Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary Alberta.
Dr. Olivotto is widely regarded in his specialty, as well as Dr. Bouchard-Fortier; their expertise brought to NB some interesting information on how we can improve the treatment options and quality of care for our breast cancer patients. This was a meeting that housed Maritime specialists in the field of Radiation and Medical Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Breast Surgeons and Nurses working within the Clinical Breast Cancer setting. It was well attended and as a result, this event is surely to expand into future years; we do look to have specialties sitting together in one room to discuss clinical trials and new data for the benefit of our patients.
Dr. Ali Benjelloun, Georges Dumont Hospital, and Dr. Mohammed Harb, The Moncton Hospital.
Dr. Harb organized this event with the help of his local colleague Dr. Ali Benjelloun from the George Dumont Hospital, and he is very proud of the day’s turn out. With such excellent attendance and enthusiastic discussion, we received wonderful feedback regarding the event. Dr. Harb would like to thank all the people involved in the collaboration to make this event such a great success. He would like to thank Dr. Jocelyne Hebert, Dr. Linda LeBlanc, and his co-organiser Dr. Ali Benjelloun, as these physicians presented and represented the George Dumont Hospital. He would like to also thank his local presenting colleagues from The Moncton Hospital, Dr. Tooraj Shakerinia, Dr. Paul Goobie, Dr. Abdel-Salam and Dr. Heather Tait as well.
We would like to also recognize our friends that came from Fredericton and Saint John, and even those who came from Nova Scotia. We had several specialties from the Maritimes sharing in this event with us. Thank you to Dr. Andree Lirette (Radiation Oncologist / Georges Dumont Hospital), Dr. Shannon Wiebe (Surgeon / The Moncton Hospital), Dr. Najeeb Abdul-Kadir (Surgeon / Nova Scotia), Dr. Wayne Bartlett (Surgeon / Bathurst), Dr .Patricia Bryden (Surgeon / Chalmers Hospital Fredericton), Dr Tina Comeau (Surgeon / Georges Dumont Hospital), Dr. Rex Edward (Surgeon/Miramichi), Dr. Andrea Faryniuk (Surgeon / Nova Scotia), Dr. Chris Goodyear (Surgeon / Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital, Fredericton), Dr. Emmanuelle Maicas (Pathologist / Georges Dumont), Dr. MD Mohiuddin (Radiation Oncologist / Saint John Regional Hospital), Dr. Diana Mukherjee (Hospitalist/ The Moncton Hospital), Dr. Nabil Nader (Surgeon / Nova Scotia), Dr. Farah Naz (Medical Oncologist / Hematologist / Saint John Regional Hospital), and Dr. Pierre Whitlock (Hematologist / Georges Dumont).
May 9, 2016
We had a great briefing on Friday and are excited with the line-up of cyclists who will be joining us on the first leg of this year’s ride. Some of the cyclists are pictured here with 3 members of the core group. From left to right: Dr. Pascal Karam, Dan Hines (medical student), Dre Valérie Cyr, Dr. Mohammed Harb, Dre Raymonde Degrâce, Rita Harb, Dr. Paul Goobie and Andrew Dalziel (resident). #NBDOCSCAC2016
May 3, 2016
Visit with our Sponsor C103
Great visit with the C103 morning crew today – left to right: Crawdaddy, Debra, Dr. Harb and Taiter. The interview will air on 103.1 FM or online at www.c103.com around 9:40 Wednesday, May 4 as Dr. Harb shares the story of how the NB Doctors Cycling Against Cancer fundraiser started.
April 11, 2016
Artist Donates Painting to Support NB Docs Cycling Against Cancer
Local artist and member of the 2016 organizing team, Amy Colpitts, has kindly donated one of her creations to raise funds for the 2016 ride. Tickets are 1 for $2 and 3 for $5 weekday afternoons in the Oncology Clinic lobby. The draw date is April 15th.
April 5, 2016
Announcing another Gold Sponsor: C103 and XL96.9 Country are on board for this year’s ride. Stay tuned to both radio stations on the FM dial for the latest information and updates. Thanks to the crew at both stations for supporting the 2016 NB Docs Cycling Against Cancer.
April 1, 2016
Warm spring like weather has arrived! Along with it, we are pleased to announce that the Moncton RV Centre has committed to a gold sponsorship. Sincere thanks for your support of the 2016 NB Docs Cycling Against Cancer.
March 29, 2016
Difficult to believe on this snowy day that spring has indeed arrived. There continues to be loads of behind-the-scenes activity getting ready for this year’s ride. We have had three companies commit to gold sponsorships: Amgen, Astellas and Janssen. Sincere thanks for your support of the 2016 NB Docs Cycling Against Cancer.
March 13, 2016
In just 3 months, this year’s cyclists will leave the Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital. They will cycle just over 500 kilometers in 5 days adding Saint John to the route. So far, the week look like this:
Monday, June 13: Leave Moncton, arrive in Kouchibouguac
Tuesday, June 14: Leave Kouchibouguac; arrive in Miramichi
Wednesday, June 15: Leave Miramichi, drive to Doaktown; cycle onto Fredericton
Thursday, June 16: Leave Fredericton, cycle to Saint John, drive to Sussex
Friday, June 17: Leave Sussex; cycle to Moncton
We will update the site and post on social media details of visits as they are confirmed.
June 22, 2015
The weekend has passed and it has given us all time to reflect on the huge success that was had with this ride. It’s hard to believe that when Dr. Mohammed Harb first introduced the idea of a 500 km bike ride, he was told he was crazy! One year later, that crazy plan was put in to action and a difference was made. Going in to the initial planning of the event, a goal of $25,000 was made. As time went on, we were not sure if we would meet the goal. Because of you, our donors and our supporters, our goal was not only met, it was exceeded! Hearing the doctors talk about the ride once they returned to Moncton was inspiring. One could see the pride they felt within themselves because of their accomplishment. When the cheque for $35,000 was revealed, you could see the sparkle in everyone’s eyes. They did it! Because of your donations, we will be able to purchase even more to improve the treatment of our oncology patients. Thank you does not seem to be enough to express the gratitude that we have for all of your donations and all of your stories. You let us in to your world, even for a few minutes, and allowed us to see the struggle that so many face You are our heroes! The flag that was brought with the cyclists is full of names and stories – those names and stories will not be forgotten as the flag will now be hung up in the Oncology Clinic for all to admire.
June 19, 2015
It is hard to believe that we are on our final day of this ride. The cyclists are on their final 100km. Ironically, the cyclists are riding in the rain today. As Dr. Goobie said at our launch, “Cancer patients have storm days and cyclists have stormy days too and that’s okay we just keep on going”. With that being said, our cyclists are pushing through today and are going to come out on the other side. They have made us proud and we cannot wait to have more updates for everyone!
June 18, 2015
We are officially on day 4 of this 5 day adventure and our cyclists are heading in to the home stretch. Muscles may be starting to get sore and backs may be starting to bother them but each and everyone of them remains positive with a smile on their face. All participants had nothing but positive things to say about Miramichi and the hospitality that they were given.
This morning was a special morning. This morning, our cyclists and volunteers were provided breakfast by Tim Horton’s Miramichi. They met with the general manager, Heather who, is a cancer survivor herself. After breakfast, Wayne and Julie, Tim Horton’s owners, presented our cyclists with a cheque for $1,000.
From there, our cyclists rode off to The Miramichi Hospital where they were greeted by staff and patients, both past and current. They were presented with a cheque of $555!
For lunch, they stopped on the water front and had a quick bite then it was back on the road.
With less than 100km left of this 500km journey, our cyclists are doing an amazing job. They are inspiring all of us and we cannot wait to hear their stories upon arrival tomorrow!
June 17, 2015
We got an update from our cyclists last night that they wanted us to share with all of you!
“Before we left, Dr. Goobie and Dr. Shakerinia compared these cycling journeys to those journeys many cancer patients go through, at least on some level. You have good days, and you have stormy days. Today we had quite a stormy day—cold, rain, and wind during this 150km stretch. Everyone is very tired, but happy. We continue to receive positive feedback and updates from Moncton, and we know all of this is well worth it for our patients. We cannot thank everyone back home enough for the support we’ve received and continue to receive as we make our stops along the way. This is only the end of day two– there may be more great days and there may be more stormy days, but it is all well worth it.” – Dr. Harb.
These donations are going to make a huge difference in so many peoples lives. Cancer hits so close to home for so many of us here in south eastern New Brunswick. With your generosity, we will be able to have better equipment and better treatments. Our patients deserve the best that they can get and this event is bringing us that much closer to that goal.
June 16, 2015
Day Two has begun and our cyclists are on their way to Fredericton. We have John McNair from Outdoor Elements joining our cyclists for the first 40km of today’s ride. Again, if you see our cyclists out, wish them well and snap a picture! Use our hashtag #NBDocsCAC on twitter or send them to us on Facebook! We’d love to see them. Though they have started their ride, it is never too late to donate. Call the Friends at 857-5488, visit our website: http://www.friendsfoundation.ca/donate, or stop in to our Oncology Clinic.
June 15, 2015
Our cyclists took off this morning at 9:45 with smiles on their faces. They stopped at the Cornhill Nursery for lunch. We received an update that we had our first flat tire of the day but everyone is still excited about the ride. Here are some pictures!
June 12, 2015
We are happy to announce that we have raised over $23,000 with this event so far. Donations are still rolling in and we are so thankful to or donors that we have had thus far. Differences will be made!
June 5, 2015
We have got another update for you! Last night, some of our cyclists went out on a 30 km bike ride. Here we have Dr. Nizar Abdel-Samar mid way through the ride.
June 4, 2015
So far we have raised over $17,700. Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far. With less than two weeks before the Ride, we’ve still a ways to go to hit our goal of $25,000. To donate, please visit www.friendsfoundation.ca/donate and look for “NB Doctors Cycling” in the drop-down menu. Again, a huge thank you to all of our supporters!
June 2, 2015
With less than two weeks to go before our cyclists begin their ride, we have our route! We have attached pictures of the map so that you can follow along with our cyclists.
May 27, 2015
Our cyclists are still hard at work training for their upcoming ride! Donations are still rolling in but we would love to have your help.
- Visit friendsfoundation.ca/donate. Look for the “I would like to support” drop down menu and choose “NB Dr.’s Cycling”. To honour a specific cyclist, click on “Tribute gift” look for “in honour” in the drop down menu” and let us know who you’re supporting. If you click on “No card required” the cyclist will still be informed of your gift.
- Drop off your gift to the Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital, or the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation front desk in the main lobby of The Moncton Hospital.
- Write a cheque to the NB Dr.’s Cycling Against Cancer
c/o The Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation
135 MacBeath Ave
Moncton, NB, E1C 6Z8
Here are some bonus shots of the cyclists training!
Our youngest cyclist, Soma Harb, has been training hard for the event.
April 21, 2015
The gang has been training hard for the big ride. Here’s what Oncology Pharmacist Glen Myers has been up to:
Sunday April 12th: 19km run (mostly hills)
Tuesday April 14th: 10km tempo run
Wednesday April 15th: 1hr cycling class
Thursday April 16th: 8 X 600m hills
Friday April 17th: 1hr cycling class
Bonus: an exciting action shot of cyclist Jim Currie!
April 14, 2015
The Harb family have been training hard for the big ride. Here’s a snapshot of their regimen from March 24th and 29th:
Dr. Harb: 3 hours indoor biking 8 hours gym workouts
Rita Harb: 3 hours indoor biking 9 hours gym workout/running
Soma Harb: 2 hours indoor biking 3 hours gym workout 2 hours cross-country