When their team founder Michele Williams, an oral medicine specialist at BC Cancer, passed away from cancer in 2015 they rode in tribute. It was incredibly emotional, says Joel, and people stepped up in a pinnacle of support, donating almost $250,000 to oral cancer research in Michele’s name.
Team Finn rides for a little boy who lived, was lost, but will never be forgotten. Since 2009, they’ve raised hundreds of thousands to help change the story for other families facing cancer. This year, Paul Drabble is joining their Tour de Cure ranks in honour of the 10-year anniversary of his daughter Scarlett’s leukemia diagnosis.
When Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea performed a free outdoor concert in downtown Vancouver last February not even a torrential downpour could keep Dan and Selina Robinson away. But when their favourite band’s frontman launched into ‘Ordinary Day,’ their wet faces had little to do with the rain.
Some Tour de Cure teams ride under the rock solid namesakes RBC, Raymond James, KMPG and the many other corporations who champion our cause. Though presenting sponsor Wheaton Precious Metals does go by the double entendre Silver Bullets.
Nageena Gill has struggled with Susac syndrome, an extremely rare autoimmune condition, for over half her life. “It’s affected my mind, cognitive abilities, left me with blurry and impaired vision, and severe hearing loss,” she says. The disorder also makes it hard for Nageena to recall things from her past.
Carmen Ip’s dad, Lawrence, has always been her biggest supporter when it comes to cycling to raise funds for cancer research. He helped her purchase her first road bike in 2015 and has flown in from Ontario to be there waiting for her at many finish lines over the years.
The Tour de Cure community has had a lot of practice meeting the challenge and they are always ready to share their best tools and tips to get you started on your adventure.
In 2017, Team Ledcor was born on a construction site among like-minded employees passionate about giving back to the community. Since their first ride, the team has raised more than $400,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through the Tour de Cure.