Cops for Cancer began in 1997 with one police officer who wanted to make a difference. Ever since, it’s grown into a collective effort across Canada and become one of the largest fundraising events of childhood cancer research in the country.
As a partnership between first responders and the Canadian Cancer Society, we’ve raised nearly $50 million to increase survival rates and support children living with cancer and their families.
With your support, we’re helping people live longer and enhancing their quality of life. Here are some of the ways we make an impact:
We are the largest national charitable funder of childhood cancer research
We provide a support system that helps children with cancer and their families live their lives as fully as possible
We advocate for better support for parents and legal guardians who need to take time off work to care for children with cancer and help shape health policies that will save lives
The Cops for Cancer Tours are an exciting annual event raising money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society. While they will look and feel different this year, our commitment to the childhood cancer cause has not changed.
Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving pediatric cancer research and caring support programs to reduce its impact.
Our honorary members are the force that inspire us and why we ride. Children and families that are part of our honorary program are invited to share their experience and personal stories of living with cancer with our Cops for Cancer teams. Lifelong friendships are often created and honorary members get to take part in unique opportunities and events with the Tours. Find out more here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org your local Tour Coordinator.
“Camp Goodtimes was where I realized people can live with cancer. Everybody at Camp was doing that - they were happy and enjoying life. Even though we shared this burden of an illness, this is when I realized that we could also have a normal life. Camp gave me hope.”
- Casey Wright, Cops for Cancer Honourary Team Member and Camp Goodtimes participant
When 13-year-old Bria Roberts was diagnosed with a brain tumour, she needed to travel once a week between her home in Kingston and her treatment appointments in Ottawa. The Canadian Cancer Society Wheels of Hope transportation program was able to reimburse the cost of her travel, and Bria help her finish chemotherapy. Since starting treatment, Bria has raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, hoping to help other kids who are living with cancer.
"To the riders and fundraisers of Cops for Cancer, I want thank you. Being the parent of a child with a critical illness can be lonely. It can be frustrating and hard. It can be very depressing. But through programs like Cops for Cancer we know we are not alone. So, thank you for awarness. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for giving, but most of all, thank you for hope."
- The Head Family (Kate, Greg, Nelson and Mitchell)