What is Cops for Cancer?
In 1994, Sergeant Gary Goulet of the Edmonton Police Service met Lyle Jorgenson, a 5-year-old boy who had cancer and was being bullied at school because he lost all of his hair due to chemotherapy. Sgt. Goulet was so moved by the boy's story that he decided gather a group of fellow officers, shave their heads and stand in support of Lyle by showing kids that bald is "cool". That was the beginning of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer campaign. The campaign evolved into a major community-based cycling tour out west supporting kids with cancer. BC's Cops for Cancer Campaign has raised over $46 million dollars in the last 21 years. It is the single largest funder of pediatric cancer research for the Society nationwide. Pediatric cancer survivor rate has improved 60%-83% over that same time period.
Tour de Golden Horseshoe is the first ever Cops for Cancer campaign in Ontario. I along with 25 fellow officers from NRPS and the RCMP will cycle across the Niagara Region from September 18-21, 2018. Our goal is to raise $130,000 in this year first year of the Tour de Golden Horseshoe. The money raised goes directly to pediatric cancer research.
Why am I involved?
Policing has evolved and is no longer solely about crime prevention. It's about community engagement. If we can involve the community and save one child at a time, then it's worth it. During our tour, we will be engaging with youth, visiting schools across the Niagara Region, building relationships, spreading anti bullying messages, healthy lifestyle messages and fundraising for pediatric cancer. I challenge you to assist me on this journey. If one child suffers, that’s one too many.
How can you be part of Cops for Cancer?
One day, we won’t have to be afraid of cancer. One day, every battle with cancer will be won. One day, children will be survivors not victims of cancer. This day is coming, it's closer than ever, but this day will never come without the generous support of people like you.
Please donate generously. Every dollar counts!
If you would like to know more about the tour check out the links below from the BC Cops for Cancer Tour.
Thank you for being part of my journey to change the face of childhood cancer.