Alberta Cancer Foundation

From Fort McMurray to Medicine Hat, 80-year-old cyclist embarks on 2,000 KM journey in support of Albertans facing cancer

June 10, 2024 (Fort McMurray, Alberta) – Art Brochu, an 80-year-old cyclist and three-time participant in the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer, departs on an extraordinary journey across the province today in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Combining his love for cycling with a heartfelt mission to support those affected by cancer, Art plans to pedal over 2,000 kilometers with checkpoints at 17 Alberta communities.

This epic adventure will begin with a kick-off event in Fort McMurray and conclude with a wrap-up event on July 29 in Medicine Hat. Each checkpoint along the way presents an opportunity for Art to connect with local health-care staff and patients and share his story, rallying support for the cause.

Art’s inspiration for this ambitious pursuit is deeply rooted in his personal encounters with cancer. Having lost his grandmother, mother and sister to the disease, as well as supporting his son through childhood cancer, Art’s life has been profoundly impacted by the disease. His current endeavors are also fueled by his close cousin’s ongoing cancer journey. Through these experiences, Art has been inspired to do whatever he can to make a difference for other families facing similar challenges.

“There isn’t any family that has not been affected by cancer in one way or another,” says Art Brochu. “Thousands of people are suffering from so many different types of cancers and are going through fear, pain and the unknown of what the future may have in store for them, even if there is a future. It’s my wish that we can all come together and help to do whatever it takes to find the cures and treatments so that all cancers can be eliminated.”
All funds raised through Art’s tour campaign will support the Alberta Cancer Foundation and local cancer centres, improving the patient experience through new medical equipment, enhanced treatment and care services, wellness initiatives and specialized training for oncology staff. Ultimately, creating more moments for the 23,000 Albertans diagnosed with cancer each year.
“What Art is doing to shine a spotlight on cancer and support those affected by the disease is truly phenomenal,” says Wendy Beauchesne, CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation. “His dedication and passion inspire us all to give back in any way we can, whether through donations, sponsorship or simply spreading awareness. We are deeply grateful for his commitment to rallying others for such an important cause. Together, we can create more hope and make a difference in the far too many lives that have been touched by cancer.”
Whether through donations, sponsorship or spreading awareness and encouragement, everyone can play a part. Contributions can be made through Art’s Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer fundraising page. Additionally, those near his planned route are encouraged to join Art for a 200-kilometer ride in their community, cycling in solidarity against cancer.

Art Brochu’s summer 2024 cycling tour destinations:

Fort McMurray Community Cancer Centre: June 10 (Kickoff event)
  1. Peace River Community Cancer Centre: June 12
  2. Grand Prairie Cancer Centre: June 14
  3. Hinton Community Cancer Centre: June 17
  4. Barrhead Community Cancer Centre: June 20
  5. Bonnyville Community Cancer Centre: June 22
  6. Lloydminster Community Cancer Centre: June 24
  7. Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton: June 26
  8. Drayton Valley Community Cancer Centre: June 28
  9. Camrose Community Cancer Centre: July 9
  10. Central Alberta Cancer Centre, Red Deer: July 11
  11. Drumheller Community Cancer Centre: July 13
  12. Bow Valley Community Cancer Centre, Canmore: July 15
  13. Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary: July 17
  14. Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer, Strathmore: July 20-21
  15. High River Community Cancer Centre: July 24
  16. Jack Ady Cancer Centre, Lethbridge: July 26
  17. Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, Medicine Hat: July 29 (Wrap-up event)

*Checkpoint dates subject to change

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About the Alberta Cancer Foundation

Creating more moments for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring our community to give to innovation in detection, treatment and care.

Albertans helping Albertans is at the core of everything the Alberta Cancer Foundation does. As the official fundraising partner for every cancer centre in the province, our very purpose comes from our desire to create more moments for all Albertans facing cancer, no matter where they live or the type of cancer they are facing. From the mountains in Canmore to the canola fields in Lloydminster, we make life better for Albertans facing cancer by supporting world-class research and patient care, close to home. Learn more at albertacancer.ca.

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