Saturday,
August 17, 2024

You’re Not Just Riding Your Bike, You’re Saving Lives!

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Gran Fondo Lake Huron

Presented by Bruce Power & Suppliers

Join us this year and help support local healthcare!

Since its start in 2018 (no event in 2020 and a small virtual event in 2021 due to Covid) riders and sponsors in the Gran Fondo Lake Huron, presented by Bruce Power & Suppliers have raised over $1.3 million and this year your fundraising will mean that you and all the other fundraising riders will continue to support healthcare and hospital needs for our local and regional hospitals. You’ve helped fund numerous life-saving items like defibrillators, crash carts, cardiac monitors and a new CT scanner.
We are also proud to announce that Gran Fondo Lake Huron has been named a 2024 Top 100 Award Winner.

This year’s ride will help replace key mammography equipment

Brightshores Health System is excited to announce we will be replacing key mammography equipment to better serve our patients. We operate two digital units, along with a biopsy chair and specimen unit, all of which require replacement. Currently, only one Mammography unit is able to perform tomosynthesis imaging. This is where 3-dimensional image acquisition occurs to create ‘slices’ of the breast and are reformatted in different planes/directions (think of a mini-CT scanner for the breast!). This type of imaging helps the radiologists navigate through the breast tissue and identifies areas that may require further evaluation, especially in dense breast tissue.

Recognizing the importance of technology advances, Brightshores will be obtaining tomosynthesis imaging capability on both Mammography units. This decision aligns with the upcoming Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) expansion to include patients as young as 40 years old effective fall 2024 (see Ontario to lower age for regular breast cancer screenings to 40 | CBC News ). The age expansion for OBSP may increase the need for tomosynthesis imaging due to the higher prevalence of dense breasts in younger populations. The new units will also offer improvements in image quality and additional patient comfort features. Brightshores will ensure the retention of interventional capabilities to support our biopsy services as well as the purchase of a new patient biopsy chair to enhance patient comfort during these procedures. Specimen imaging will be available in the mammography suite to help confirm a successful biopsy and reduce the time needed to complete the procedure.

With these new advancements, technological changes and improved patient comfort features, your donations will ensure Brightshores Health System is creating a positive experience for our Breast Imaging patients. Thank you!

100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly toward the fundraising initiatives detailed on our fundraising goal for the year.

You’re Not Just Riding Your Bike, You’re Saving Lives!

Our Rides

We offer 6 rides including our 1k Kid’s Ride which will be held on Sunday with the main rides on Saturday, August 17th.

Starting and finishing in beautiful Southampton, Ontario, the Gran Fondo Lake Huron welcomes cyclists of all levels, offering scenic rides.

Choose your distance and pedal your way to Hospital Hero status!

Make it A Weekend

We have a great line up of events for the whole weekend starting off with the Rides on Saturday, then our Casino Night on Saturday Night followed by our Kids Rides on Sunday.

Wild West Casino Night Fundraiser

On Saturday night, we’re hosting the Wild West Casino Night Fundraiser. Get ready to saddle up and join us for a rip-roaring Wild West Casino Night Fundraiser, while raising money for SMHF!. Reserve your tickets now by purchasing online

Sunday Kids Ride

We will be offering a 1km Kids Event for children on Sunday. Participants will start at the parking lot at the Plex in Port Elgin and will follow the 1km route, making stops along the way, participating in fun activities and/or collecting take away items. – Learn More Here

Volunteer

We are going to have a great event and many hands will definitely make light work!  For sign up, please click the registration button below. Once registered we will contact you when we are ready to assign you a job.  We promise not to share it with anyone.
All our volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, lunch and a ticket for the After Ride Picnic and a great big THANK YOU!

Together We Can Make A Difference

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds for equipment, facilities and staff development to ensure our community and visitors have access to the best possible local hospital care. The government provides less than 10% of funds needed for new diagnostic and medical equipment so your particippation in Gran Fondo Lake Huron events like make it all possible for us to meet our needs each year.

Check out our Fundraising Rewards Page for some of the prizes you can win! We strongly encourage participants to fundraise a minimum of $200.

Go to our Donations Page

2023 was a huge success!

What an absolutely amazing weekend we had. Saturday kicked off with the kids ride, followed by the Bruce County Bash Saturday night featuring Canada’s own 54-40. Rounding out the weekend, over 750 cyclists took off from the start line exploring the scenery and lakeshore views followed by the after ride picnic and awards.
A tremendous thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors and riders who did a phenomenal job raising money for mental health this year. Your support and fundraising efforts saw $500,000 raised this weekend!

Stay tuned for details about 2024… there will be some new activities to make this great event even bigger!

Watch the 2023 wrap up video