Tour de North Underway

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer team received a stylish send-off from Prince George Friday morning, in a colorful ceremony held at tour sponsor RE/MAX Realty’s 15th Avenue location.

The event marks Day One of the seven-day, 826-kilometre cycle tour known as the Cops for Cancer Tour de North. Tour riders will proceed west on Highway 16, detour briefly to Fort St. James, and finish Sept. 11 in Prince Rupert.

The epic cycling event will be completed by no fewer than 19 RCMP members from 13 communities, one Queen Charlotte Islands paramedic and one Prince George reporter. Two Fort St. John RCMP Members are also participating in the tour after they raised over $33,000 with their annual Jail and Bail September 3rd.

All of them have been working with their home communities for the past several weeks, raising money for the Tour’s cause: pediatric cancer research and Canadian Cancer Society programs that benefit children with cancer and their families.

The Tour de North – now in its seventh year – is typically welcomed by communities along the route, with ceremonies, celebrations and fundraisers.

Dennis Nore, northern revenue development Coordinator of the Society’s B.C. & Yukon Division, will be accompanying the Tour riders in a support vehicle.

“Childhood cancer remains the second leading cause of death in Canadian children, after injuries,” says Nore. He cites statistics that predict about 850 Canadian kids under the age of 14 will develop cancer this year; of these, 135 will not survive.

“One child with cancer is too many,” insists Nore. “Cops for Cancer is exactly the kind of community-based effort that’s needed to help ensure that every child has a future.”

Cops for Cancer Tour de North funds help pay for research into the prevention and treatment of childhood cancers, emergency aid to the families of children with cancer, preventative education and support programs, and positive, life-changing experiences for kids with cancer at medically supervised summer camps.

The Tour de North is the first of four Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer events held annually in B.C. The other three Tours will happen in mid- to late September in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and on Vancouver Island. In 2007, B.C.’s four Cops for Cancer tours collectively raised $3.2 million.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. To donate or learn more about the Cops for Cancer tours, visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.ca or call its toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.