Winnipeg is going to see a heck of a lot of hogs on the road very soon, all of them riding for a worthy cause.
The Motorcycle Ride For Dad (MRFD) will see what they bill as the largest motorcycle parade in Winnipeg’s history depart from the Polo Park Shopping Centre on May 25 for a tour that extends as far as Gimli to raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
A media kick-off event was held for the ride at McPhillips Street Station Casino on April 19.
"I’ve always viewed cancer research as a hopeless battle," prostate cancer survivor and ride spokesperson Ed Johner said, "that all changed for me."
Johner said his mind changed after touring Dr. Sabine Mai’s laboratory at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology.
Mai, who said she’s received more than $100,000 from MRFD, told event attendees that she’s two years into a promising five-year study that could result in a simple blood test replacing the need for prostate-specific antigen testing, which she said is not always reliable, and biopsies, which are "invasive and quite unpleasant."
The blood test would discover not only if a patient has cancer, she said, but if the cancer requires treatment.
Last year 837 riders took part in the Winnipeg ride, raising more than $120,000.
For more information on making a pledge or joining the ride, go online to