VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals™, like many other events, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with this year’s 2020 two-day mass participation event postponed. However, as cancer doesn’t stop, 2,000 Ride participants across B.C. are determined to ‘Ride On’ challenging themselves to continue cycling for the tens of thousands of patients who will face cancer this year in B.C. Registration remains open and all dollars raised this year will be applied to each individual rider’s 2021 Ride.
“We encourage our ride community and new riders to Ride On, because cancer does not stop in the face of a pandemic and neither will we,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation. “Patients across B.C. still need our support, so we won’t stop raising funds to advance life-saving research and cancer care.”
This year, riders are rallying with their own cycling and fundraising goals between now and August 29th with every dollar raised counting toward next year’s event, providing riders with a head start on fundraising.
After learning about the original Ride postponement, rider Andrew Ticknor felt compelled to create his own Ride On challenge in honour of his Mom and her journey with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer. She recently celebrated 20 years cancer-free. This August, Andrew has committed to Ride On in support of BC Cancer patients and families by riding from his home on the West Shore to Port Alberni – approximately 200KM.
“The Ride to Conquer Cancer has been something I’ve wanted to do for many years, and this year marks a milestone of 20 years since my mom’s first diagnosis, and her 60th birthday. I wanted to find a way to uphold the commitment I had made to do the ride this year, while at the same time acknowledging the efforts of my fundraising supporters”, says Andrew.
On Saturday, August 29, 2020 the BC Cancer Foundation will host a virtual opening ceremony at 8 a.m. where participants can start off on their own ride, whether spinning indoors, cycling on a route of their choosing, or participating from a range of route options that will be mapped in advance.
Join today, rally your friends and family, and Ride On in support of the one in two British Columbians affected by cancer.
Find Ride On challenge ideas from current riders and teams here!
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