Glotman Simpson Cycling Club

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August 21, 2012 13:59 ET

Glotman-Simpson Cycling Raises $150,000 in Memory of Bob Hager for Pancreatic Cancer Research

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) -

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The Glotman-Simpson Cycling Club hosted the 5th Annual Cypress Challenge: A Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Bob Hager on August 18th. The event, presented by Phillips, Hager & North and Connor, Clark and Lunn, was the most successful to date raising $150,000 Cdn for pancreatic cancer research fund at the BC Cancer Foundation and life saving research at the BC Cancer Agency.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancer types, in part because early detection is difficult. The Canadian average for five-year survival is only 5 per cent, with nearly 600 people in B.C. expected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. With so few survivors to advocate and raise funds, events like the Cypress Challenge are important to help raise awareness and support more research. The Glotman-Simpson Cycling Club is dedicated year round to raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Cypress Challenge is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"There are so few survivors of pancreatic cancer to advocate for more research. Honouring Bob Hager was an opportunity to pay tribute to his memory and bring attention to the need for more pancreatic cancer research." - Geoffrey Glotman, Event Chair and Managing Principal, Glotman-Simpson Consulting Engineers

Each year the Cypress Challenge is dedicated to a Vancouverite who made a difference in our community and who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The 2012 Cypress Challenge was dedicated to the memory of Bob Hager. Bob Hager was a prominent Vancouverite who was a driving force in building one of Canada's most successful asset managers, Phillips, Hager & North (PH&N). He was also a generous community contributor, enriching and improving the lives of the many people less fortunate than himself. Bob died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

The final total of $150,000 Cdn comprised of 100% of rider registrations, cash sponsorships, donations, silent auction and raffle proceeds. The event was hosted by the Glotman-Simpson Cycling Club and Glotman·Simpson Consulting Engineers, with the support of over 60 volunteers.

The Cypress Challenge route from the bottom of Cypress Mountain to the top of Hollyburn's Cross Country area covered 12km at a steady 6.5 per cent grade - which wouldn't be out of place as a hill climb in the Tour de France. A First Peak category saw more novice riders climb 5km to the First Peak Look-out. More at

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