Mayoral candidates stir up community support for Cops for Cancer



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society today announced
that on September 25 the two lead candidates in the race to be the next mayor
of Vancouver will ride in the final leg of its nine-day Cops for Cancer "Tour
de Coast" cycling event.
    Vision Vancouver's Gregor Robertson and Non-Partisan Association (NPA)
Coun. Peter Ladner are lending their voices to the Cops' campaign for children
with cancer and their families to get citizens and the community behind the
initiative.
    "My family, like many families in Vancouver has been touched by cancer.
It is very powerful to come together as a community to support the Cops for
Cancer, and I feel honoured to be a part of the ride," said Peter Ladner.
    "It's a privilege to join the Cops in their campaign against cancer and I
encourage our communities to rally behind them," said Mr. Robertson. "We all
need to step up to the plate to support kids and their families who face the
challenges that cancer brings."
    The "Tour de Coast" is one of four Cops for Cancer events taking place in
B.C. this fall. Tours in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, on Vancouver
Island and in the North last year raised $3.2 million. This year's fundraising
goal is $3.4 million.
    Proceeds from Cops for Cancer events fund pediatric cancer research and
programs such as Camp Goodtimes, the Society's free residential summer camp
for children, youth, and families with a history of cancer.
    Each member of Cops for Cancer trains all summer to ride in a week-long
trek over hundreds of kilometres through dozens of B.C. communities. The
riders must also raise thousands of dollars to meet the program's funding
targets.
    Communities along the tour routes play a key role supporting and
initiating local fundraising events during the summer months to help the Cops
push the pedals of progress against childhood cancer.
    The Society has allocated more than $9.8 million over the last three
years to fund childhood cancer research in Canada, thanks in part to funds
raised by Cops for Cancer in B.C.
    Although there has been a dramatic decline in childhood cancer death
rates since 1985, according to cancer statistics released by the Canadian
Cancer Society in April, about 850 Canadian children will develop cancer this
year and 135 will not survive.

    Since 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society has operated as a national
charitable organization providing valuable cancer information services,
funding research and educating Canadians on cancer risks. In British Columbia
and the Yukon, the Society works with approximately 20,000 volunteers in over
80 communities, and has funded more than $35-million in BC-based research
since 2000. For more information, visit www.cancer.ca, or call the toll-free,
bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

    
    MEDIA NOTE: Photos of Gregor Robertson and Peter Ladner available upon
    request.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Kristine Carrick, Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division, T: (604)
675-7340, C: (778) 686-1300 kcarrick@bc.cancer.ca; Kevin Quinlan, Vision
Vancouver, C: (778) 995-2264, Kevin@votevision.ca; Mike Meneer, Non-Partisan
Association, C: (778) 990-0464, mjmcommunications@gmail.com

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