Held in September this year, 7 Days In May is a cycling event and fundraiser that was founded in 2012 to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer and to raise funds to help find a cure for this deadly affliction. There are a variety of options to participate including a seven-day ride around Lake Ontario!
The statistics are staggering: 92% of those diagnosed will die within 5 years. 75% of patients will die within the first year following diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in Canada. Survival rates have not improved in the last 40 years – it’s time to change those statistics.
7 Days In May was founded by the Townley family in memory of Lorraine Townley to continue her legacy by raising the awareness and funds necessary to cure pancreatic cancer. Through the PancOneTM initiative of Pancreatic Cancer Canada, all proceeds will be directed towards clinical trials and other direct studies, focused on early detection and a cure as well as providing support and education for those impacted by the disease.
To date, 7 Days In May has raised over $657,500 and has reached out to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to deliver their message of hope and determination to cure pancreatic cancer.
The ride has a variety of options including a EY 50KM challenge, single day ride, a weekend ride, and a seven-day ride around Lake Ontario. The Townley Family’s hope is to take this event to a national level and to get people active for a full seven days in May each year supporting those cycling around the Lake Ontario and to improve their own strength and fitness.