BY BILL PHILLIPS
Ron Gallo came bearing cheques Monday night.
The Wheelin’ Warriors of the North rider made both Terry Zanette and the B.C. Cancer Foundation happy by presenting cheques to each of them.
It was culmination of Gallo’s Conquer Cancer 50/50 draw. The draw consisted of 2,000 tickets sold at $10 apiece with the proceeds going to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
Zanette was the lucky winner of the draw and pocketed $9,320.
“Thank you for support, you represent everyone who purchased a ticket and helped to raise the same amount of money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation,” Gallo said.
Zanette said she doesn’t have any immediate plans for the money. However, she added she was going to purchase the tickets as stocking stuffers for her family but put her name on the tickets, so sharing the loot with them will likely be on the table.
The B.C. Cancer Foundation took home even a little bit more than the $9,320 raised through the 50/50 draw.
“Thanks to a number of donors, we had a silent auction (during the 50/50 draw) and raised another $1,070 so it’s my pleasure to be presenting a cheque for $10,390 to the B.C. Cancer Foundation,” Gallo said.
Oncologist Dr. Stacy Miller, who is the medical director at BC Cancer – Prince George, accepted the cash on behalf of the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
“It’s wonderful to have another opportunity for the Wheelin’ Warriors to be supporting us here at the Cancer Centre,” Miller said. “The Wheelin’ Warriors is one of the groups that makes a contribution to our foundation. The foundation is supporting us in the work we do and supporting patients through their journey.”
Contributions helps the centre in two areas – the Patient Comfort Fund and a precision radiotherapy program that uses high-dose, targeted radiation to small infected areas.
“This is a question we need to study and research takes money, so we really, really appreciate the foundation assistance,” she said.
The funds raised will count towards both Gallo’s and the Wheelin’ Warriors of the North’s fundraising total for the Ride to Conquer Cancer later this year.