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Saskatoon Motorcycle Ride for Dad awards $149 466 to local Prostate Cancer Research

Wednesday June 29, 2016,

The Saskatoon Chapter of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad is excited to announce the awarding of financial support to three separate research projects. At an award ceremony held at the University of Saskatchewan campus, cheques totalling nearly $150 000 were awarded to three separate research teams whose research goals focus on the treatment and cure of Prostate cancer.

Dr. Jim Xiang, M.D., Ph.D.  who is a  researcher in the department of Oncology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan received $50 000 to continue his research into ways of fine tuning radiofrequency ablation treatments on prostate cancer tumors. His goal is to effectively kill those cancer cells so that they are less likely to reoccur. This work may one day mean that late stage prostate cancer, which in now often terminal, may be treated and cured.

Dr. Michael  Szafron from the School of Public Health at University of Saskatchewan received $49 466 for a research project into ways to better deliver education and treatment to prostate cancer patients in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan currently has the second worst mortality rate for prostate cancer of all provinces. Dr. Szafron’s team will study factors that influence wait times and treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients in Saskatchewan. The goal will be to make prostate cancer treatment more effective for every patient in the province.

Dr. Oleg Y. Dmitriev a Biochemistry professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and his team received $50 000 to continue their work on making current cancer drugs more effective in fighting prostate cancer and other forms of advanced cancers. Cisplatin, one of the most potent and widely used anticancer drugs, is being evaluated for chemotherapy of advanced metastatic prostate cancer where hardly any effective treatment options exist. Their work hopes to make the use of Cisplatin an effective treatment for prostate cancer

The Saskatoon Chapter of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad is proud to support this and other local research. Over the last 8 years Saskatoon pledge earners have raised just under $1 million for local prostate cancer education, awareness and research. In 2016, through their national organization the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, they were able to make $203,119 available to for local research projects.

The Saskatoon Motorcycle Ride for Dad would like to thank to all the local pledge earners and corporate sponsors for your continued support. This valuable work would not be possible without you.

Robert Thompson co-chair of the Saskatoon Motorcycle Ride for Dad presents a cheque for $50 000 to   Dr. Jim Xiang

Mark Diehl past co-chair and founding member of the Saskatoon Motorcycle Ride for Dad presents a cheque for $49 644  to Mustafa Andkhoie, PhD student on behalf of Dr. Michael Szafron.

Vince Streukens, Ride Captain for the Saskatoon Motocycle Ride for Dad presents a cheque for $50 000 to Corey Yu, PhD student on behalf of Oleg Y. Dmitriev