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‘Together’ bike ride ready to roll

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is gearing up for the official launch of its “Together We Can” campaign, to purchase a new digital mammography unit, next Tuesday (Sept. 11) with a bike ride across the district.

Committee members yesterday were busy decorating the four bikes in pink for the 36 participants to ride during the 91-km journey.

Teams of four will bike five or 10 km each from Rainy River to Fort Frances.

“We’re very excited to be launching the campaign with such a fun event and we hope everyone will join in,” enthused Tanya Cumming, the campaign’s chair of communications.

While the teams already have been determined for the ride, people are encouraged to come out along the highway and cheer on the participants.

“We wanted to do something to bring the district together because together we can do this,” said Cumming, noting the bike ride is intended to spread the news of the campaign, letting people know what it is, and why a new unit is needed here.

“We want to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection,” Cumming stressed.

The event will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Rainy River Health Centre, stop at the Emo Health Centre for lunch, and then end with a barbecue at La Verendrye Hospital here in Fort Frances.

The Foundation is working towards the goal of raising $650,000 for the new unit, which is important to Rainy River District residents because the current mammography machine is more than 14 years old and needs replacing.

A digital mammography unit uses a lower dose of radiation.

It also allows scans to be captured directly onto a computer screen, which can be sent electronically the same day rather than by courier.

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