VANCOUVER, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - September has been proclaimed Cops for Cancer Month in BC to recognize the contribution of members of law enforcement
and emergency services who participate in the annual Canadian Cancer
Society Cops for Cancer tours.
Cops for Cancer 2010 Tour de Valley Captain Ken Usipiuk and members of
the South Asian community were instrumental in requesting the
proclamation for 2011. The Canadian Cancer Society and Cops for Cancer
participants and supporters expressed their gratitude to the BC
Government for the proclamation as it will raise awareness of the
events and the impact of cancer on children and families.
BC's four cycling tours that are held in Greater Vancouver (Tour de
Coast), Fraser Valley (Tour de Valley), Northern BC (Tour de North) and
on Vancouver Island (Tour de Rock) take place to raise funds to support
children with cancer and their families.
In 2010 the tours raised $2.4 million for childhood cancer research and
the Canadian Cancer Society's empowering summer recreation program,
Camp Goodtimes. The tour riders visit Camp Goodtimes to see first hand
the impact of donations.
We are extremely grateful to the riders, who make an enormous personal
commitment to train, fundraise and participate in the tours, and to all
the organizations, businesses, schools and others who donate or
volunteer in support of the tours, said Christy Sampson, Director, Community Giving at the Canadian
Cancer Society BC and Yukon.
Like the Tour de France, riders follow a grueling training schedule in
the weeks leading up to the actual events. The four tours take place in
September and early October. On tour, riders cycle hundreds of
kilometers over 7-14 days. They travel in standard cycling formation in
all conditions and there are support people who assist with logistics,
safety and first aid.
The Tour de France riders are athletes who compete to be the best in the
world. The Cops for Cancer riders take part so that BC children with
cancer and their families can go to Camp Goodtimes. They have the hope
that through research one day children with cancer will be treated
successfully with no damaging effects.
A special camaraderie evolves among the riders and the honorary Junior
Team of young cancer patients and survivors, whose courage inspires
them through long, hard hours on the road.
On tour, the teams visit schools and other locations to raise awareness
of the cancer cause. BC communities have been very enthusiastic and
really get behind the tours. In total riders will visit about 60
communities while on tour, said Ms Sampson.
Donations to Cops for Cancer are invested in the best childhood cancer
research in Canada. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national
charitable funder of pediatric cancer research and Cops for Cancer is
the largest contributor to pediatric cancer research.
Although childhood cancer is relatively rare, the impact of a cancer
diagnosis on the life of a child and family is world-shattering. Cancer
is the leading cause of death in children, second only to injury. Of
the survivors, a significant portion will experience late effects of
cancer and cancer treatment. About 130 cases a year will occur in BC
and the Yukon. Of these, 24 children will not survive their illness.
Note: Tour de Coast is hosting a Starting Line Celebration at 7pm on
Friday, September 9th, 2011 at the Terminal City Club. The evening will comprise a myriad of
inspirational speakers, community and policing leaders, riders and
Info: Laura Pashkewych at 604.215.5215.
Coast Capital Savings is the official 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Sponsor for Tours on Vancouver Island, and in Greater Vancouver and the
Image with caption: "Cops for Cancer riders on the road in BC for research and support for children with cancer. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110901_C8166_PHOTO_EN_2786.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division)
For further information:
about Cops for Cancer contact Christy Sampson, Director, Community Giving, 604 675 7362 or cell 604 202 2299. email@example.com or the contacts below.
Tour de North: (September 9-15, 2011) Contact Erin Reynolds, 250-564-0885 ext 108 firstname.lastname@example.org or Tour Captain: Pat Egan, 250-787-8111
Tour de Coast: (September 21-29, 2011) Contact Laura Pashkewych 604.215.5215 or Shivani Malli 604.215.5471.
Tour de Valley (September 22-30, 2011) Contact Nicola Harper 604.533.1227 email@example.com
Tour de Rock: (September 24 - October 7, 2011) The 2011 Tour de Rock is the 14th annual event with $15million raised over the past 13 years. Contact: Cynthia Durand-Smith Direct line: 250 380-2352 or cell: 250 888-9497 or firstname.lastname@example.org