You may have noticed a big group of cyclists racing through Kenora yesterday. That's because the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride was making their way through town. The ride is a cross-Canada tour to raise money for children's cancer charities. Event manager Mike Smith explains.
"It's our eighth year. It's a ride that starts in Vancouver and goes to Halifax in 17 days. Our cause is childhood cancer. All the money we raise from this event goes to fund different initiatives to help support children and their families. This ride specifically raises money for the hospitals for research and in-hospital programs," he said.
The riders come from across Canada and even the United States. Smith spoke about one rider and his reason to join the cause.
"One of our riders is from Pennsylvania. He lost his son to cancer a few years back. He was looking for something to give back and get involved and support other families. He really couldn't find anything in his region. He stumbled across one of our events in Ontario. Now he's doing the national event for the third time," he said.
Trevor Crystal is the ride leader. He says so far they've had a tremendous response from the communities they've been visiting along the way. He talks about one school they visited in Manitoba.
"It was over the top. They had the whole school come out, literally from kindergarten to high school. They lined the streets and high-fived us. We were fighting a headwind the whole day up until that point. So, you're working really hard and not getting really far. Then, you get treated like a rock star by little kids. It was just...yeah," he said with a smile.
Crystal says it's a huge help to have a caravan traveling with them. That way they can ride without worrying about their gear. The 10 cyclists began the next leg of their race at the Discovery Centre yesterday.
You can donate by visiting their website Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.