BY BILL PHILLIPS
Wheelin’ Warriors of the North team member Ron Gallo’s goal of raising $2,500 to fight cancer got a substantial boost Wednesday.
Davor Drazenovic of Portal Installations handed Gallo a cheque for $1,000.
“We need advocates like Ron,” said Drazenovic of why he chose to donate to Gallo’s campaign. “Ron is huge in the community. He’s tireless, he tries so hard to help out and selfless with what he does, so we thought we’d help out.”
Giving is nothing new to Drazenovic and Portal Installations, which has installed the door on the Spruce Kings Show Home for close to a quarter century. In fact, the cheque was handed over to Gallo at the show home, in front of the door Portal Installations put in this year’s show home.
Drazenovic has also been a big supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has been involved with the Relay for Life for 20 years. In fact, Hopson Construction, which is the general contractor for the Spruce Kings home, has helped Drazenovic’s team at the Relay.
“My mother-in-law passed of cancer and my dad passed of cancer, so we know how it affects everyone, first hand,” he said. “Every little bit we do to help, we try.”
For Gallo, who is co-captain of Wheelin’ Warriors of the North team with Karen Piche, said the $1,000 donation is huge.
“The money goes, right away, to the B.C. Cancer Foundation which then gets put back into the cancer agencies around the province,” he said. “Even though I’m doing fundraising for my ride in August, this donation is going to benefit research and treatment of cancer immediately.”
It’s the sixth year of the Wheelin’ Warriors, a local group of cyclists who do the Ride to Conquer Cancer in the Lower Mainland every year. Wheelin’ Warriors of the North was founded in October 2012. That year, what started off as a team of one, then three, eventually became a team of 33 for its inaugural ride in 2013. Since that founding year, the team has grown to include over 125 cyclists and crew members that have raised over $720,000 for The British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Each of the riders looks to raise a minimum of $2,500.
“For Davor to step up and help me raise half of my fundraising total is huge,” Gallo said. “It allows me to be able to focus on the rest of the team and focus on other fundraising activities around town.”
It also allows him time to get some training in. The British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer isn’t a jaunt around the park. In previous years it was a cycle trip from Vancouver to Redmond, just outside of Seattle. This year it will be all Canadian route, going from Vancouver to Hope, hence the name – Destination Hope.
Gallo said the ride is not a race, which means there are a lot of people with different abilities on the ride. This year the Wheelin’ Warriors will have five cancer survivors who will be on bikes.
“This is an opportunity for a cancer survivor to get on a bike and say ‘it’s behind me’ and wheel away from it.”
And it’s not too late to get involved if you would like to help out and maybe go for a long bike ride this August.
“It’s never too late,” Gallo said. “Don’t ever think that the fundraising task is too daunting, don’t ever think that the training is too daunting. We’ve seen people do it in a short period of time.”
If you would like to get involved, contact Gallo or Piche or check their Facebook page.