Kenora's Jane Mathews is gearing up for an 18-day bicycle ride to raise money to help fight childhood cancer with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.
Mathews explains what the ride is for, and how much money the ride can expect to raise.
“Previous years have raised over $2 million dollars. 100 per cent of it goes to cancer research and survivorship,” she said.
This is the tenth year for the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride and throughout, over 35 million dollars has been raised. Jane's goal is to raise $15,000.
Mathews explains how shes been preparing for the ride.
“We have a training plan that builds gradually that includes strength and flexibility training, as well as time on the road, intensity, and steady-state cycling. We follow this plan religiously, and we will be ready for September 6th,” she said.
She's been training since November to embark on a 7000 kilometer ride across Canada starting in Vancouver, BC and ending in Halifax.
Mathews explains why she wanted to do the ride, and what it means to her.
“I have very close friends whose child battled cancer. I have watched this family and I can't sit back and not do something about it. I have the time, and I'm healthy, so I just have to do it,” she said.
With a team of 35 other cyclists, she will be riding and visiting communities to raise awareness of the need for increased funding in the area of childhood cancers.
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