Brock researcher helps lead Ride for Dad

On Saturday, June 15, Niagara's 2019 Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad began with Health Sciences researcher Evangelia Litsa Tsiani (left) participating as Ride Captain in the pace car owned and driven by Ken Moore, of Niagara Falls (right). The ride raises awareness of and funds for prostate cancer, donating its proceeds to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation. In 2018, the foundation provided Tsiani and her team with a $24,000 grant to investigate how plant-derived chemicals with strong anticancer effects can be used to prevent and treat prostate cancer. As the 2018 award recipient, Tsiani was given the opportunity to participate in this year's race. “It was an honour to be asked to play this role in the ride,” she said. “On behalf of myself, graduate students in my research lab and Brock University, I wish to express my huge gratitude to all riders for their participation and contribution to this fundraising event." Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the second-leading cause of cancer death among men in North America, Tsiani said. "Through their fundraising and research supporting efforts, they contribute significantly towards the fight against prostate cancer.” Niagara's Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad had more than 220 riders participate and raised more than $63,000.