Tour de Rock 2023: About - Canadian Cancer Society

What is Cops for Cancer?

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 $52 million to increase survival rates and support children living with cancer and their families.

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$52M

Since 1997, first responders have been actively engaged in fundraising from head shaves to cycling to end childhood cancer by participating in annual Cops for Cancer Tours and fundraisers across the country. Together, we’ve raised over $52 million to make sure no child has to face cancer alone.

Why we Ride?

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Research

We are the largest national charitable funder of childhood cancer research

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Camp

We provide a support system that helps children with cancer and their families live their lives as fully as possible

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Counselling services

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

Meet our Honorary Members

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 on our website or by emailing your local Tour Coordinator.

Casey

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

Bria

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 help Bria 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.

Nelson and Mitchell

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 awareness. Thank you for kindness. Thank you for giving, but most of all, thank you for hope.

The Head Family (Kate, Greg, Nelson and Mitchell)

Get Involved

Together, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer

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Find your Tour

Email us for more information and help us pedal our way to end childhood cancer.