The Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast bike riders will be making a stop in Whistler on Saturday (Sept. 22) to refuel after four days on the road.
The charity event is being held to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and caring support programs for children with cancer and their families.
Cops for Cancer has been ongoing for 15 years and is the largest national contributor to pediatric cancer research in B.C. with $27 million raised.
Tour de Coast is one of four B.C. tours and is made up of just under 30 riders. The crew of committed law enforcement personnel, along with their support crew, will pedal more than 900 kilometres in the nine days of the event from Sept. 19 to Sept. 27.
The riders are expected to arrive in Whistler outside the Longhorn Pub at approximately 4 p.m. Paralympian Phil Chew will also be present, along with chalk artists, a balloon artist and the team. Whistler RCMP Const. David MacKenzie and Auxiliary member Jeffrey Krauss will also be on hand.
In addition to cancer research funds raised also benefit the Camp Gootimes, an acclaimed summer camp at Loon Lake in Maple Ridge.
Childhood cancer is relatively rare, but the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the life of a child and their family is significant. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children, second to injury-related deaths. Approximately 130 cases a year of childhood cancer occur in B.C. and the Yukon. Of these, 24 will not survive and those that do, a significant portion will experience late effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
For more information, visit the Cops for Cancer website and click on Tour de Coast: copsforcancerbc.ca. Like them on Facebook at: facebook.com/CopsforCancerBC.