Climb for Cancer recognized for fundraising efforts

Margaret Jones-Bricker, of the Canadian Cancer Society, presents a recognition plaque to David Duck, Climb for Cancer campaign chair, and Doug Bell of Northern Lights Estate Winery. The Climb for Cancer has, so far, raised more than $100,000 for the Kordyban Lodge. Bill Phillips photo
Margaret Jones-Bricker, of the Canadian Cancer Society, presents a recognition plaque to David Duck, Climb for Cancer campaign chair, and Doug Bell of Northern Lights Estate Winery. The Climb for Cancer has, so far, raised more than $100,000 for the Kordyban Lodge. Bill Phillips photo

It’s only been around for three years, but the Climb for Cancer has turned into a major fundraiser for Kordyban Lodge.

In those three short years, the Climb for Cancer, brought to you by Carrier Lumber, has raised $107,000 for the lodge, which is a home away home for those receiving treatment for Cancer Centre for the North.

Thursday morning a plaque was unveiled at the lodge, which will commemorate the efforts, and the importance, of the Climb for Cancer.

Three years ago, the Canadian Cancer Society approached the Northern Lights Estate Winery for some help with its daffodil campaign. Doug Bell, and the crew at the winery, however, had a different idea and that’s how the Climb for Cancer came to be. The Climb for Cancer is a one-day event held in April where residents of Prince George climb the iconic cutbanks and raise money for the lodge.

“This is an important event to us,” said Sandra Blackwell, annual giving coordinator

 for the Canadian Cancer Society. “The Kordyban Lodge is a home away from home for those receiving treatment. We could not have this home away from home without events like the Climb for Cancer.”

She said there have been 3,700 people stay at the lodge since it opened.

Margaret Jones-Bricker, of the Canadian Cancer Society, praised the Climb for Cancer committee for organizing the climb every year and Carrier Lumber, which sponsors the event.

David Duck, Climb for Cancer campaign chair, said the momentum for the event keeps building.

“I think, with the residents of Prince George, we will be able to reach our goal,” he said. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this. It’s a very valuable and much-needed facility.”

Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said the lodge has certainly helped people in northern B.C. who, previously, would have to travel to the Lower Mainland for treatment.

“Having lived in many of the remote communities in northern B.C., this is a godsend,” said Mike Morris,  Prince George-Mackenzie MLA. “It’s become one of the cornerstones of Prince George. It’s become one of the foundational pieces we have.”

The 2019 Climb for Cancer isn’t too far off, so start training now. The event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/pgclimbforcancer2019.