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Cops for Cancer Tour de North announces 2023 team to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society

Today, at the North District RCMP Headquarters, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) announced the 22nd team of riders who will be taking part in this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de North.

The 2023 team consists of 13 law enforcement, first responders and guest riders from all over Northern BC. The team will spend the next six months training and fundraising as they prepare to cycle over 800 kilometres over 7 days this September.

A partnership between CCS and emergency services personnel, Tour de Rock will raise funds for life-saving childhood cancer research and Camp Goodtimes, an essential program that gives families of children diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to spend time together in a stress-free and medically supervised environment.

“We’re excited to welcome this year’s riders and begin the important training phase of Cops for Cancer Tour de North that will raise impactful funds to change the future of childhood cancer forever,” says Ninon Daubigeon, Senior Manager, Cops for Cancer. “With cancer still the leading cause of disease-related death in children under the age of 15, we know we have more work to do. It wouldn’t be possible without our first responder partners across the province, and the contributions of our generous sponsors and donors.”

Each Tour de North team member brings with them determination and enthusiasm, as well as a unique story of what led them to participate. Leighton Johnston, a member of Correctional Service of Canada in Prince George, is riding this year. I like cycling and always wanted to do this.” said Johnston. “Personally, when one of my daughter was younger, she suffered some serious medical issues. Before we got the news that it wasn’t cancer, I thought a lot about the Canadian Cancer Society and what programs would be there to help us if we needed it. I felt helpless then and now I am hoping to do something about it for other families.”

An estimated 1,050 children (ages 0-14) in Canada were diagnosed with cancer in 2021. As the largest charitable funder of childhood cancer research in Canada, CCS has invested $16.4 million toward the cause over the last 5 years. This investment is contributing to improved outcomes as the 5-year survival rate for childhood cancer is now 84%, an increase from 71% in the 1980s. However, 2 out of 3 children diagnosed with cancer suffering long-term or late side effects from their treatment.

“Being involved in Cops for Cancer gives me the opportunity to share the Camp Goodtimes story with riders, schools and the larger community,” says Lindy Steele, a longtime Camp Goodtime volunteer and Tour de North volunteer. “Camp Goodtimes allows young cancer patients and their families to move beyond their cancer bubble, share experiences with people who understand and just enjoy life.”

This year, longtime Cops for Cancer supporter Applewood Auto Group has signed on as the presenting sponsor for all four Cops for Cancer cycling tours taking place throughout the province.

The Tour de North team will set out on September 15, beginning in Prince George and ending in Prince Rupert on September 21.

To learn more about the program or make a donation, please visitwww.tourdenorth.ca.

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Fraser Bjornson Aaron Dale Roland Dixon Kasper Green Leighton Johnston Sabrina Maaske Jamie MacPherson Fiona Pirrie Justin Preston Scott Roberts Jacque Van Wyngaardt Jordan Venditelli Anna Zintl
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Williams Lake Fort St. John Fort St. John Prince Rupert Prince George Prince George 100 Mile House Fort St. John Smithers Prince George Prince Rupert Prince Rupert 100 Mile House
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