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Team Raymond James Rides to Conquer Cancer 2016

On August 27, 2016, seven riders representing Team Raymond James set out on a two-day, 260-km charity bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle for Ride to Conquer Cancer 2016. This marks the sixth year of participation for the team. As of August 30, they've successfully fundraised a whopping $50,723 (and counting), which brings their running team total to more than $350,000 since their first year of participation in 2011. Congratulations to the riders for another successful campaign!

2016 Team Raymond James Riders:

  • James Schikkerling, Portfolio Manager, Vancouver (Team Captain)
  • Jay Dowhaniuk, Financial Advisor, Kelowna
  • Bruce Krutow, Vice President, Compliance
  • Brendan Willis, Branch Manager, Kelowna
  • Craig White, Financial Advisor, Kelowna
  • Garth Dupre, guest
  • Colin Willis, guest

Jay Dowhaniuk, Garth Dupre, Brendan Willis, Bruce Krutow, Craig White, James Schikkerling & Colin Willis

Huge credit goes to Jay Dowhaniuk for his monster effort in raising more than $20,000 and achieving "Ambassador" status. Jay lost his business partner and family friend Paul Johnson to pancreatic cancer in early 2016 so this Ride to Conquer Cancer carried extra weight for him. This video by Global News tells Jay's fundraising story.

"This year's Ride to Conquer Cancer was truly amazing for me on a number of levels," said Jay. "I'm doing everything that I can to support the BC Cancer Foundation in the fight against cancer so that one day cancer will be a thing of the past, and showing my support for those who have been affected by cancer. Together, Team Raymond James can make a difference!"

A special thanks also goes to the Raymond James Canada Foundation for its funding support.

Since 2009, Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $77 million for the BC Cancer Foundation. This staggering sum has enabled the Foundation to support life-saving cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.

Here's a snapshot of some of BC Cancer Agency's achievements thanks to funds raised from The Ride:

  • Researchers have created new light-based devices to detect oral, cervical, skin, colorectal and lung cancers earlier.
  • Funds raised through The Ride supported the purchase of the BC Cancer Agency's second state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner and allowed for an upgrade to the existing scanner. As a result, wait times have been reduced and the number of patients able to receive these life-saving scans have doubled.
  • Ride dollars are powering a research program in advanced cancer imaging techniques to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer so unnecessary treatments can be avoided and additional options can be identified sooner.
  • Brain cancer care in B.C. has been transformed, enabling patients to be seen by neuro-oncology specialists quickly and effectively, in one visit and at one site.
  • Researchers have gained a deeper understanding of the pivotal role enzymes and proteins play in the development of childhood brain cancers and high-risk sarcomas.
  • Lung cancer researchers have begun investigating the biological basis of lung cancer and created a unique platform to screen candidate drugs for patients whose disease has become resistant.
  • Ovarian cancer researchers have made significant strides in the molecular understanding of clear cell carcinoma and the link to endometriosis, knowledge which may prevent this deadly cancer from occurring.

Congratulations to Team Raymond James for their continuous efforts to conquer cancer!

Jay Dowhaniuk, Garth Dupre

James Schikkerling, Craig White, Colin Willis, Brendan Willi

James Schikkerling

Jay Dowhaniuk

James Schikkerling, Brendan Willis, Jay Dowhaniuk, Craig White, Colin Willis

Craig White, James Schikkerling, Brendan Willis

Remembering Paul Johnson