For team RBC, this year’s ride will honour their beloved colleague and friend, Margaret Yee Lin Lam, who passed away on May 28, 2020 from a short battle with terminal stomach cancer. While the event has been postponed for 2020, the team has rallied together and committed personal rides and fundraising goals in advance of the virtual celebration day on August 29.
“Although we cannot be together on the event route this year, TEAM RBC members will be riding in the communities where they live. We are committed to #RideOn with the same perseverance and joy for life that Margaret shared with the world.”
Margaret, who was a RBC team member for 15 years, was revered by colleagues and friends as someone who cared deeply for her community. As a volunteer firefighter in Courtney, who took a leave to fight wildfires in 2011, Margaret had also been recognized by the Province of BC for saving the life of an infant that had been thrown into a river.
Aside from her impressive list of community achievements, Margaret was a passionate endurance athlete, a distance cyclist, and mountain runner, participating in events like the Mt. Hood 50km Mountain. Fondly known as “miss-bike-a lot”, Margaret had participated in several rides across B.C. in support of Hospice care and was planning to ride with team RBC this year despite her failing health.
For this year’s ride and in an effort to get new riders involved, and honour Margaret’s love for cycling and outstanding dedication to the company for 15 years, RBC has opened 15 additional spots on their Ride team to encourage new riders to take part – one of which will be Margaret’s partner, Wille Scott.
“Margie taught me to ride on no matter what. She taught me to persevere and fight for what I believe in. She showed me that in spite of the trauma and the loss that life has, we can still choose to shine and make the world a better place,” says Wille. “We must choose to be loving and to build community. We must choose to ride on no matter what life hands us, including the COVD-19 pandemic.”
As long-time sponsors of the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, RBC Regional President Martin Thibodeau knows the impact that the event can have on Riders, and is especially proud of his team for coming together during a challenging time to honour Margaret, and other loved ones who have been touched by cancer
“As a Financial Institution we understand the effect COVID-19 has had on many Canadians. Although the Ride to Conquer Cancer event has been postponed, we know that sadly cancer does not take the same break. People continue to get diagnosed, battle it, and beat it, while some are not so fortunate. We dedicate our ride this year to Margaret, along with others who have been taken by cancer; and are grateful for the amazing work that BC Cancer does each day.”
We thank team RBC for their continued dedication to changing outcomes for more patients like Margaret, and for choosing to #RideOn in advance of our celebration weekend on August 29.