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Patients, friends, families cycle for cancer aid

Five year-old Isla MacIntosh didn't ride the 70-km course Sunday in the CN Cycle for CHEO.

Five year-old Isla MacIntosh didn't ride the 70-km course Sunday in the CN Cycle for CHEO.
And she wasn't a member of the top fundraising corporate team from Nortel that raised $45,180.

But Isla did do the five-kilometre walk, which is pretty good after 11 months of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, including eight rounds of radiation and five hospital admissions.

"The walk was fantastic," said her mother, Gillian MacIntosh. "She walked almost the whole the way and a bunch of her school friends came out to join her and her whole family."

Isla was one of three 2009 McDonald's Dream Team members who took part in the CN for Cycle events Sunday around the Nortel Campus.

More than 5,000 cyclists, inline skaters, walkers and corporate sponsors raised $564,453 for the CHEO Foundation, Candlelighters and Ronald McDonald House, which helps children and families affected by cancer.

"Today's result is a testament to the dedication of the people in our community who participate, pledge and volunteer to show their solidarity with the families who have been so affected by childhood cancer," said Kevin Keohane, VP Development and Corporate Relations, CHEO Foundation.

"They are the ones who make it happen and we can't thank them enough."

This is the 12th annual cycling event fundraising for the CHEO foundation. Proceeds from CN Cycle for CHEO will be presented on the CHEO Telethon on May 31.

 
 
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