The National Kids Cancer Ride is making a stop in Abbotsford on Wednesday, Sept. 4 on the first day of the cross-Canada fundraiser.
Cyclists leave from Surrey at 6:30 a.m. and are scheduled to stop in Abbotsford from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Immanuel Fellowship Baptist Church at 2950 Blue Jay St.
They then proceed to Chilliwack for a stop from noon to 1 p.m. at Cheam Mountain Golf Course (44610 Luckakuck Way) and then the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre (7011 Pioneer Ave.).
Participants end the day at the Hope and District Recreation Centre (1005 Sixth Ave.) at around 3:30 p.m.
The ride then picks up the following morning and continues across Canada, ending in Halifax on Sept. 21.
Riding in relay style, the 30 selected national riders form two teams and each cycle approximately 140 to 200 kilometres each day. They are joined along the way by other cyclists who pedal shorter “stage ride” distances in major cities across Canada.
The teams will visit more than 100 communities, stop at several children’s hospitals, and meet a number of childhood cancer survivors and their families.
Together, they raise millions of dollars on behalf of charities that improve the quality of life for children, and their families, living with cancer.
Past cyclist Bob Ahuja of Abbotsford is a volunteer for the event this year through the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, and is raising money for the cause.
His fundraising page can be found by going to p2p.onecause.com, scrolling down the page and clicking on the volunteer link, and then searching his name.