I am Cst. Ian "Pretzel-Eater" Wetzel-Eden.
In 2015 I embarked on a journey of learning and growth. I rode in the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. What that experience taught me most was humility. I got to witness first-hand the traumatic impact that a disease like Cancer can unleash on a family and their life. I've seen that no matter how strong we may believe we are, there are causes that transcend our strength and bring us to our knees. I heard stories of the intense medical treatments. Stories of separation from family members. Holding things together by a thread. I saw success, but always with a cost. I got to immerse myself in the celebration of those successes... but I also heard the stories of loss and the unspeakable pain of burying a beloved child. My family has had to survive a loss of a child. I understand the pain of my own experience. I've learned to draw strength from this and share that strength through compassion and empathy. A strength I share with my community through my work as a front-line police officer currently stationed at the Shawnigan Lake RCMP detachment.
The journey that I began in 2015 continues today. As 2020 has unfolded with the societally shaking events of COVID-19, many things have changed in society. One thing that has not changed is the need to further the cause against Cancer. With the Tour de Rock unable to function in it's traditional way, we have had to modify the approach. Some events and local rides will be happening as they had in past years, but your support is as critical now as every before.
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.
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!