Hello friends and family
Thank you once again for visiting my Cops for Cancer Tour De Coast fundraising page.
2018 marks a pretty darn special year for the awesome partnership between committed Cops and the Canadian Cancer Society!!! We can officially say that we have surpassed the $40 million dollar mark for fundraising across BC & Yulon and we are at the $50 million dollar mark for all of Canada. I can recall when I first became involved in this cause that number was less than half of that..
2018 also marks a pretty darn special year for myself. For everybody that knows me I "tend" to be a streak guy and this year is my 10th year in a row of participating in Cops for Cancer. I'm hoping to be able to say by the end of this year that I will have biked over 8000 (yep, 8 thousand) kilometres for this cause over the 10 years. And I do not regret doing even a single km up or down all of those hills (ok, maybe I regret the time that I crashed into a Police motorbike on tour and caused a huge crash, or the time I thought it would be a good idea to ride my bike into river which turned out to be infested with dead salmon, but who is counting)..
Over the years I have got to know so many special people (Approx 400 Cops for Cancer Tour De Coast riders & their families, our amazing support crews & steering committee members, the countless community volunteers, all of the awesome school children & staff, all of the people that have supported us, and saving the BEST for last, our very own Cops for Cancer junior team riders. These special children (some who are now adults) are inspirations to us all.
I have to admit that I have seen and heard some sad stories involving some of these children along the way that has affected me in different ways, However I can honestly say that the vast majority of the time there was more happier endings to hear than sad ones.
To share one quick one for you. A few years ago we attended a school while on tour where there were hundreds of children waiting for us. During the assembly I had the hard job of “skyping” on a big screen with a young boy I knew that was battling cancer and laying in a hospital bed. He was in visibly rough shape but that didn’t keep the smile off his face when he seen all of us. It was quite the special chat that day to say the least. By the time we all left the assembly I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building. As the tour continued and the days quickly turned to weeks and then months the updates progressively changed and he fought off this terrible disease. By the following year he was back to school. He even got to accompany us while we were on tour when we rode through his city and even rode in the ambulance as a guest passenger for the day. He even assisted me with doing some of the assemblies at some schools. Can’t wait to see him again!
All of the success stories that we see or hear about on a regular basis as members of Cops for Cancer is thanks in big part to all the game changing cancer research and more specifically pediatric cancer research that is done by organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society. It is amazing how quickly the tide is changing in this field when you see the stats.
Cops for Cancer traditionally is one of the largest funders of both pediatric Cancer research and the acclaimed Camp Goodtimes to which is right here in the lower mainland. But to continue this we need help from people such as you.
So please consider making a donation to a cause that has impacted the lives of so many kids and made a difference in my own.
My 2018 goal is to raise $6000.00
Thanks for your support!
Co-Captain Cops for Cancer Tour De Coast