Eighth Annual Sears National Kids Cancer Ride Arrives in Halifax After a 17-day Journey Across Canada

2015 event has raised over $1 million for children living with and beyond cancer

HALIFAX, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Thirty-three cyclists dipped their rear wheels in the Pacific Ocean on September 10 and have embarked on a journey across Canada to raise funds and awareness for children living with and beyond cancer.

The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride (SNKCR) is the world's longest charitable cycling event to support the fight to end childhood cancer.  When the cyclists arrive in Halifax on Saturday, September 26 for the ceremonial front-wheel dip in the Atlantic, they will have covered over 7,000 km.

The national riders have cycled across Canada, visiting many communities, stopping at Sears stores along the route and at pediatric oncology centres, meeting children and families from the childhood cancer community as well as healthcare and family support professionals, donors and sponsors, all united in the goal to improve the quality of life for children affected by cancer.

"We are honoured to play any part we can in the fight to end kids' cancer," said Becky Penrice, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Sears Canada Inc., and President, Sears Canada Charitable Foundation. "For over 60 years Sears has been serving Canadian families from coast to coast.  This is our purpose and continues to be a driving force for us as a company and aligns to our community involvement.  No family should ever hear the words 'your child has cancer.'  Whether you ride, volunteer or donate to the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride you are making a difference in the lives of those affected."

The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride funds programs that improve the lives of children living with cancer as well as those recovering from the physical and emotional scars that can be part of survivorship. With a 100% donation model, over $9 million has been raised and donated since 2008, and money raised this year will again fund pediatric hematology and oncology research programs at hospitals all across Canada.

"Money raised is critical in helping fund programs that can improve the survival rates and the quality of life for children with cancer," said Jeff Rushton, Co-Founder and passionate volunteer of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CTCACF), a volunteer-based registered Canadian charitable foundation focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life of children and families impacted by cancer. "With each kilometre pedaled, collectively we will enrich the quality of life of Canadian children burdened by this devastating disease."

Families affected by childhood cancer are active participants in the 2015 Ride.  There are ten parents of children who have battled cancer, seven of whom are cyclists and three of whom are volunteers.  There are three childhood cancer survivors, two of whom are cycling and one of whom is volunteering.  Included in this group is one father-daughter pair, Dean and Taylor Wheatley.  Taylor has been cancer-free for twenty years and is a pediatric oncology nurse.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.SearsNationalKidsCancerRide.com or call 1.866.381.4446.  Follow the riders as they cycle across Canada on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SNKCR or on Twitter @SNKCR and #childhoodcancer.

About Sears Canada

Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 166 corporate stores, 177 Hometown stores, over 1,200 catalogue and online merchandise pick-up locations, 84 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide repair and service network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.

About Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

The vision of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is a world beyond kids cancer. As Canada's only national charity devoted to fighting childhood cancer, the Foundation has raised and distributed over $35 million since 2003, with 100 per cent of receipted donations going toward improving the survival rate and quality of life of children impacted by cancer and their families. Funds are raised by organizing memorable events that encourage active and healthy lifestyles, from cycling rides to team-building activities. For more information, visit www.beyondkidscancer.ca 

SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Sears National Kids Cancer Ride - Medicine Hat (CNW Group/Sears Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150925_C6051_PHOTO_EN_506641.jpg

Image with caption: "Sears National Kids Cancer Ride - Lake Louise (CNW Group/Sears Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150925_C6051_PHOTO_EN_506643.jpg

Image with caption: "Sears National Kids Cancer Ride - Toronto (CNW Group/Sears Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150925_C6051_PHOTO_EN_506645.jpg



For further information: Alicia Richler, Sears Canada, Corp Communications, arichle@sears.ca

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