My name is Peter DeVries and this year I'll be riding with Cops for Cancer's "Tour De Coast" for the first time. I've been a cop for nearly 20 years but this is a first for me – so it’s kind of like I'm back to being a recruit...
Why am I doing this? Well, I love my mom. She's awesome. She's strong, she's smart, she's kind. She makes the best Dutch croquettes. And she's always fought to give me the best in life. Trust me - she's a woman you want on your side in a tough spot.
A few years ago, mom got into a fight of her own with cancer. She went through the fear and pain and misery that so many of you, your friends, your family, have gone through too - a scary, sometimes lonely fight where the stakes are ultimate. Thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society my mom won her fight. She's been cancer free for 10 years and she’s still going strong.
Why am I telling you this? Well, recently I faced a pretty ugly personal question: What had I done during my mom's fight with cancer to cover her back? Truth was, I couldn't remember anything significant. And I'm a police officer - I should know better. Always cover your partner's back. Well this year, mom, I've got your "6".
You've probably already heard that the ride takes place over 9 days and covers more than 800km from Maple Ridge, through Vancouver, to Whistler, Pemberton, the Sunshine Coast and up to Powell River. But you may not have heard about Camp Goodtimes - it's one of the major reasons Cops for Cancer riders are trying to raise money. And by the way we've gotten pretty good at it - since 1997, Cops for Cancer in BC has raised $36.5 million, and last year's tour raised half a million dollars. But that money doesn't stay in the bank - it's invested in the lives of children fighting to survive, sometimes against huge odds. Camp Goodtimes is one of those investments.
If you've never heard of it, you can get a sense of it by watching this video: https://youtu.be/tWwpQfky5pY. But I can tell you right now what you'll see. You'll see kids who have been placed in extraordinary medical circumstances, who have been through extraordinary pain, fear and grief, become suddenly, magically, free. You'll see them acting and thinking and feeling like themselves again, like ordinary kids at summer camp. Cancer steals these kids’ childhood – Camp Goodtimes gives it back to them, and the impact of that is huge. Wouldn't you love to be a part of it?
You can. Just donate. You can donate right here, directly through the Canadian Cancer Society. We need your help to raise funds to keep programs like this going. Every dollar you donate will go to funding programs like Camp Goodtimes, and will directly support children and families fighting cancer.
I’m doing the social media thing and I want to invite you to join me there! I'll be training over the next few months, (we’re getting all kinds of training help from some experts), and later in the summer I’ll be going to Camp Goodtimes with the group for a day. I want to bring you along for all of it through updates, photos and videos. So follow me on Twitter (@sgtdevriescfc), Instagram (sgtdevriescfc), or on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Peter-DeVries-608205082706078/ and you’ll get the inside scoop on everything I do over the next 6 months.
But most of all, PLEASE DONATE. Help us raise this money!
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