Every rider has a reason to join Tour
Riding in a Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour will change your life. Spending months training for an 800-kilometre bike ride will improve your physical health, but joining Tour is a meaningful and unique way for riders to give back to a cause that’s close to their heart. What’s the cause? To change the future of childhood cancer.
Meet two long-time riders on the Tour de Coast team to better understand the impact Tour can have on your life. Their stories reveal what it means to be part of something as special as Cops for Cancer and why so many of them view this event like their “second job”.
Since joining Tour de Coast in 2014, Mark’s built close friendships with teammates and created unforgettable memories on the road. But what stands out most for Mark is when his team meets the children benefitting from the Cops for Cancer mission.
“As a rider, the times that really stand out to me on Tour are my visits to Camp Goodtimes,” explains Mark. “The kids are the ones that build my strength and encourage me to keep coming back each year.”
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Camp Goodtimes is a summer camp for children and families affected by cancer. It’s offers children an unforgettable camping experience in a fun and supportive environment, where they’re among friends who understand what they’re going through.
Often, riders like Mark get to meet campers and see firsthand the difference Cops for Cancer is making. Cops for Cancer fundraising events support the Canadian Cancer Society’s ground-breaking childhood cancer research and our incredible support programs, like Camp Goodtimes. For Mark and so many riders before him, the experience makes all the hours of training worth it.
“Seeing the kids cheer us on at schools is uplifting,” Bob explains. “I don’t think the public realizes how important they are to the riders and how much their support inspire us to do bigger things.”