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Kenora's Jane Mathews is in the middle of a long journey.

As part of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, Mathews, and a team of 35 other cyclists, have been visiting communities to raise awareness for increased funding for childhood cancer.

The group rode through Kenora earlier today, and Mathews spoke about why she's supporting the ride.

“One hundred per cent of the money goes to the kids, the hospitals, the programs, and the families that need to be supported. Families go through a lot, and often times they face financial hardship. So this money goes right to them,” she said.

Mathews noted that the ride has raised roughly $1 million so far. Mathews herself has raised $22,000.

Friends, family, and fellow local cyclists all came to meet the group of riders as they rode into town. The group started in White Rock, British Columbia eight days ago. The group expects to finish the ride in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 23.

Mathews spoke about how the ride has been so far, and how the group has pushed through hardship.

“We've ridden through the mountains, the prairies, and we're ready for Ontario. We've had some hot days, climbing hills in the heat was challenging, but the group really work well together. Knowing that it's all to support kids with cancer, we know that the ride isn't the hardest thing we could be facing. It's a slap in the face, a push on the back, and then we're off again,”

Each day, the riders hold a dedication to the memory of a child who has lost the battle to cancer, or who is still fighting. Mathews says that it's an inspiring way to start the day, and noted that the group thinks of the story of that individual throughout the ride.

This is the tenth year for the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. Over the years, $35 million has been raised.

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