Never underestimate the power of a single goodwill gesture. It just might change a life.
That's exactly what happened 25 years ago, when Edmonton Police Sergeant Gary Goulet met a young boy who was battlng cancer and had lost his hair due to the treatment. In an act of solidarity with the youngster, Sergeant Goulet gathered some of his police colleagues, and together they shaved their own heads in a symbolic gesture intended to make that youngster feel a little less out of place.
From that humble beginning in 1994, Cops for Cancer was created. Today, the program partners dedicated first responders with fundraising professionals from the Canadian Cancer Society to raise millions of dollars annually for children and families who are nagivating their cancer journeys.
This year, more than 40 police officers, paramedics, sheriffs and border agents will participate in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast, riding bikes and raising money to help make life a little easier for sick children. This dedicated group of first responders is raising money to fund pediatric cancer research, and to support programs for children and families. In September, the entire Tour de Coast team will set out on a nine-day, 800-kilometre bicycle tour, visiting communities throughout the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Whistler/Pemberton areas to raise money and spread their message of healthy living and cancer prevention.
It is unfortunate that many people in Canada share the bond of having been affected by cancer or knowing someone who has been affected by cancer. Too many of us have lost loved one or watched a vital healthy person struggle through the intense, crushing effects of treatment. In spite of the broad affect of this disease, families who have a young one suffering through cancer often feel isolated and disconnected from their community.
While survival rates have improved dramatically, children continue to be disproportionately affected by treatment. It is not uncommon for young people to suffer life altering changes such as blindness as a result of the treatments required to save their lives.
This disease affects young people and their families in your community. Your support means the world to them. Please join us in taking positive action and supporting young kids suffering from cancer.
Your donation funds pediatric cancer research, and help send children and their families to Camp Goodtimes where they can enjoy being together in a safe, medically supported environment. Camp offers a brief period of levity in what can be a years long fight for life. It pays for research so that doctors can identify what treatments will be most successful and least damaging to individual children suffering from cancer.
Chris Bigland & Steve Addison
Co-Captains 2019 Tour De Coast