Thanks to climbing vaccination rates, COVID seems to be mostly in retreat in Canada. But were not out of woods yet, and as a result, this years Ride To Conquer Cancer for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) and the newly re-branded Tour de Cure in support of the BC Cancer Foundation (BCCF) are both once again virtual rides.
What is a virtual ride? Its a bit ill-defined, but the main implication is that there wont be a single, mass group ride with thousands of other riders. Health regulations should be a bit more permissive this year than last though, so on the ride weekend of August 28/29 you will hopefully see (or join!) a large number of riders wearing RTCC and TdC jerseys criss-crossing the roads of Ontario and BC. Regardless of what group size is permitted, Ill be one of them, and I hope youll continue to support me again this year as you have done so generously for the past 12 years.
As with so many charities during the pandemic, both the PMCF and the BCCF suffered reduced donations last year, but there was no let-up in the incidence of cancer or in the need for ongoing cancer research. It remains true that 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and that cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. So the need for fund-raising remains as great as ever (if not more so, given last years deficit).
I dont yet know where Ill ride or with whom, but I commit to riding at least 200km over the August 28/29 ride weekend rain or shine; road, gravel or mountain bike; alone or with teammates whatever, Ill get it done. Hopefully at least some of it will be with my 151 Team RBC or 49 Horny Goats teammates this year.
For the 13th year in a row, I am asking for your support. Your donation to either ride (or both, if you prefer), in any amount, means a lot both to me and, more importantly, to our cancer-stricken friends and family members whom the PMCF and BCCF support. As in past years, Stevi and I will match the first $10,000 of your donations, so hopefully together we can again reach at least $20,000 raised this year. (Note: If you donate to the BC Tour de Cure, youll notice that my fund-raising goal is $25,000. Thats because there was no official BC ride last year. Dont worry donations made last year were still received and put to work by the BCCF. But riders in this years TdC are being credited with any funds they raised for last years non-ride. We collectively raised $14,550 for BCCF in 2020, so thats my starting point for this years TdC. However, in my mind, the goal for this year is to raise at least another $10,000 for the BCCF, hence the $25,000 goal.)
Your continued support and generosity are inspiring and so appreciated. Together, lets keep the progress against this terrible disease going.