I am participating in Cops for Cancer 2020 - Tour de Rock to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.
As many of you know, in 2008 I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. It was a life changing experience.
For those not familiar with the Tour de Rock, in normal years, it's a 1,000 km + bike ride encompassing the entire length of Vancouver Island. During the two weeks of the Tour, riders stop at community centres, schools, etc. to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to raise funds to support pediatric cancer research and Camp Good Times. Through my participation in the Tour I was exposed to the phenomenal work being done in research, in treatment and most of all, the uplifting optimism and spirit of the young cancer patients themselves. Oh, and you're only allowed to ride the Tour once.
That, as I said, is in normal times.
Fast forward to 2020. These are definitely not normal times. The COVID-19 pandemic world has dramatically affected us all, and that includes the Tour. Bottom line: because of COVID protocols they couldn't train a team this year. However, in true Tour de Rock fashion, it was decided to press on and keep the message of the Tour alive in the hearts and minds of those who have supported it these many years. And how to field a team, when there's no way to train a team? Why, reach out to those who were already trained, of course. And so, as a Tour alumni I (along with many others) was approached to see if I could help. By now, you know the answer to that question.
The money raised from this event helps fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.
Your pledge helps me reach my fundraising goal! Every pledge shows families who have a child with cancer that they do not have to face it alone. Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society by reducing administrative costs.
Thanks for your support!