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Well, it’s been 10 months since we moved to Toronto, and guess what? They have cancer here too. (Doesn’t say that in any of the tourist brochures.)
However, Toronto also has lots of cycling, lots of great people who are are supporting the fight against cancer, and its own Ride To Conquer Cancer.
That said, the Vancouver ride is still going strong (and sadly, the need for the ride is too). So this year, I’m riding in both.
On June 10 & 11, the Ontario RTCC in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre takes place from Toronto to Niagara over 2 days. Stevi will join me on this ride too.
Then on August 26 & 27, the BC RTCC in support of the BC Cancer Foundation happens, where we ride from Vancouver to Seattle (just me on this one).
Of course, we’ll take the extended routes where we can (more cycling!), so Stevi and I will ride 225 km on the first ride and I’ll do another 300 km on the second.
For those of you who are receiving this email for the first time, 2017 will be the 9th year in which I have participated in cancer-fighting, fundraising bike rides (either the RTCC or the Ride2Survive, or both). It is a cause Stevi and I believe in passionately, having seen too many of our friends and family struck down by this infuriatingly widespread and persistent disease. Unfortunately, most of you can relate. So I am asking for your support in fundraising. The need is great, and any donation amount helps (although bigger donations help even more!).
For those of you who are receiving this email for the 9th time, thank you for your consistent support (and patience with my pestering emails).
Once again this year, Stevi and I will match your donations up to $10,000. We are hoping that we can raise over $20,000 between your donations and ours. (We have succeeded at this goal for the past several years, thanks to your amazing generosity.)
I wish I didn’t have to write this email every year, but I do. Survival rates for many forms of cancer have improved dramatically over the past 9 years thanks to the research you have helped fund, but they are far from 100%, and even successful treatments are arduous, traumatic experiences for both patient and loved ones. There continues to be a need for these rides and this fundraising, so I continue to ride and send these emails. Please support me if you can.
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