Burnaby police officers riding to support Cops for Cancer
2020-07-23 14:05 PDT
Cancer does not take a break and neither can we! It’s with these words as motivation that three Burnaby RCMP officers will be taking on the challenge of Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast this year.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s tour will be different but the cause remains the same – to support children and families affect by cancer.
This will be the sixth time that Burnaby RCMP Sergeant Tess Landry will be taking part. Tess who is also a co-captain for the tour continues to be motivated by the kids who she has had the opportunity to meet over the past few years.
They are the bravest souls I have even met and their outlook on life is amazing, says Tess.
Riding in the rain, up the massive hills, the chafing, and the exhaustion after days of riding is nothing compared to what these kids have endured and it's the least that I can do to help prevent another parent from having to hear that their child has cancer.
For Constable Leslie Smith the opportunity to raise money through cycling is particularly poignant.
Many people are affected by cancer, and I have lost both my grandfather and my stepmom to this terrible disease, says Leslie.
This is a bittersweet ride, as cycling was a favourite pastime of my stepmom and something we did together with my dad.
Constable Thinh Do will be thinking of a dear friend as he rides in this year’s tour.
A personal friend of mine whom I served with in the Canadian Armed Forces lost his battle with Stage 4 cancer which has enabled and motivated me for this ride, says Thinh.
My belief is that there is always hope, hope for a cure and that every life is worth fighting for.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges to fundraising for this year’s tour with many of the events that helped to raise money for Cops for Cancer in the last few years such as the Jail & Bail not taking place.
Despite this, first responders from across the Lower Mainland are continuing to fundraise virtually in order to raise money for such an important cause with the ride set to take place in September.
If you would like to donate to any of the Burnaby riders you can do so at the links below.
Donate to Tess
Donate to Leslie
Donate to Thinh
More information about Cops for Cancer can be found here.
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