The Sears National Kids Cancer Ride stopped in Abbotsford Thursday (Sept. 5) morning.
The event is one of the biggest and most ambitious charity cycling events on behalf of childhood cancer in the world. Now in its sixth year the, 2013 ride started Sept. 5 in Vancouver and will be completed in Halifax on Sept. 21.
Riding in relay style, the selected national riders will each cycle approximately 220 km per day joined along the way by thousands of other caring cyclists who will cycle shorter, “stage ride” distances in major cities across Canada.
At the start and end of each day they will participate in community events and visit many of Canada’s 17 pediatric oncology centres and hospitals where the cancer community will share inspiring stories of strength and hope with cyclists and the media. Together, our cyclists will raise millions of dollars on behalf of charities that improve the quality of life for children, and their families, living with and beyond cancer.
Funds raised will be directed to both national initiatives in support of childhood oncology programs, as well as, to local and community programs through pediatric oncology hospitals and centres across the country.
All of the money raised goes directly to fund research and support programs for kids cancer in each and every one of the pediatric oncology centres across Canada.
It is estimated that cancer impacts 10,000 Canadian children.