Cops' drive for children with cancer tops $3.1 million



    VANCOUVER, Dec. 27 /CNW/ - The tenth annual Cops For Cancer bike tours in
B.C. this past September raised approximately $3.1 million according to
results released today by the Canadian Cancer Society's B.C. and Yukon
division.
    In total, nearly 100 riders in four, grueling, week-long cycling tours,
which spanned a combined distance of approximately 3,000 kilometres, generated
a spirit of hope in more than 60 caring B.C. communities that came alive with
support for children and families living with cancer.
    Since 1998, Cops for Cancer tours in B.C. have raised more than
$16 million.
    The committed law enforcement and emergency services officers who took
part in the Cops For Cancer tours were once again inspired by a junior team of
childhood cancer survivors who participated in tour activities.
    Funds from the 2007 Tour de Rock, Tour de Coast, Tour de Valley and
Tour de North are still being collected. Net revenue is expected to exceed
$2.2 million.
    The average overall direct fundraising cost for the four Cops for Cancer
tours was 30 per cent. Approximately $.70 of every dollar raised from Cops for
Cancer supports pediatric cancer research and programs that help children with
cancer and their families, including summer camps and a toll-free Cancer
Information Service (1-888-939-3333).
    "The Cops for Cancer tours in British Columbia demonstrate how incredibly
challenging circumstances, like a child coping with cancer, can serve as a
rallying call for change that benefits us all," said Kayla Stevenson, the
Canadian Cancer Society's vice president of revenue development.
    "Although the tours are over for this year, money is still coming in and
we won't know the final results for a few more months."
    The Society adheres to the Ethical Fundraising and Financial
Accountability Code from Imagine Canada and formally reports its fundraising
results annually. The 2006/2007 Annual Report and audited financial statements
are available online at www.cancer.ca.

    Since 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society has operated as a national
charitable organization that provides valuable cancer information services,
funds research and educates Canadians on cancer risks. In British Columbia and
the Yukon, the Society works with approximately 20,000 volunteers in over
80 communities, has funded $19 million in B.C.-based research over the last
five years including nine new research grants in 2007/08 worth about
$4-million, and recently established the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in the
Primary Prevention of Cancer at UBC. For more information, visit
www.cancer.ca, or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at
1-888-939-3333.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Marcelo Dominguez, Manager,
Media Relations, Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, T: (604)
675-7340, C: (778) 686-1300, E: mdominguez@bc.cancer.ca

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