Media Alert - Teen cancer survivor to lead national ride from Vancouver on June 2



    VANCOUVER, June 2 /CNW/ - 16 year-old Andy Brooks was diagnosed with
brain cancer at the age of three, has epilepsy, and is legally blind. But on
Monday morning, June 2, he will get on his bicycle at BC Children's Hospital
to begin a 7,600km trek across Canada, to raise funds for children's cancer.
Andy is from Ontario and is riding with 50 other national riders as part of
the inaugural Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. "I'm pumped for the ride," says
Andy. "My friends think I'm crazy, but I don't." Janice Brooks, Andy's mom,
will be travelling with the riders as a volunteer nurse.
    Dedicated riders and volunteers are taking off three weeks from their
families and jobs to take this on, not to mention the fundraising, and hours
of training the riders have already put in. We invite you to come to the
launch of the Ride on June 2 to interview some of these inspirational
Canadians, including BC national riders, teenage cancer patients from
Children's Hospital who hope to inspire the riders, and more.

    
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    WHEN:        9:00 am, Monday, June 2, 2008

    WHERE:       BC Children's Hospital, 4480 Oak St, Vancouver
                 Parking lot on the hospital grounds near
                 28th Ave and Oak St. Entrance: Gate 2, off 28th

    WHO:         50 national cyclists, BC kids from Children's Hospital,
                 volunteers. BC's Children's Hospital Oncology Chief, the
                 ride organizers, and local family will speak briefly to
                 offer encouragement to the riders.

    WHAT:        The start of the first ever Sears National Kids Cancer Ride,
                 one of the biggest and most ambitious charity cycling events
                 on behalf of childhood cancer in the world.

    PHOTO OPP:   Cyclists sign giant card for the kids at BCCH, before
                 starting off on the cross-country ride. Patients will come
                 out to offer their best wishes to the riders.

    CONTACT:     Patricia Robitaille, cell: 604-230-0530
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    Ride Details
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    The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride is one of the biggest and most
ambitious charity cycling events on behalf of childhood cancer in the world.
On June 2, 2008, cyclists will start a 19-day, 7,600km trans-Canada odyssey
from Vancouver to Halifax. 50 selected National Riders will traverse the
entire 7,600 km distance.
    Funds raised will be directed to both national initiatives in support of
childhood oncology programs, as well as, to local and community programs
through pediatric oncology hospitals and centres across the country.
    The ride is being organized by Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.
Coast to Coast is a registered Canadian charitable foundation, focused on
improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families. More
information: www.searsnationalkidscancerride.com





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Patricia Robitaille, (604)
873-0080, probitaille@shaw.ca


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