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Report on Business Biking to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

The donor: Alex Moshiri

The gift: Helping to raise $136,000 and climbing

The cause: Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

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Alex Moshiri had never cycled much, but when he met his work colleague, Shlomit Shteyer, he jumped at the chance to ride for 200 kilometres.

Ms. Shteyer had joined Toronto-based BlueCat Networks Inc. a few years earlier and she’d organized a 10-member team to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day cycling event from Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ont., that raises money for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Ms. Shteyer’s brother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer, and she’d heard about the ride while being tested at Princess Margaret as a possible bone marrow donor.

“Her passion is infectious,” said Mr. Moshiri, 30, who is a manager of sales development BlueCat. His fiancé also had a brush with cancer several years ago, giving the ride even more meaning for him. “We overcame that, so I figured that bike riding and raising money seemed like the least I could do to help,” he added. Mr. Moshiri has done the event twice and he’ll be riding again this year, hoping to add to the $136,000 BlueCat has raised in total so far. “I plan to do this as long as I physically can,” he said.

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