HOPE (NEWS 1130) — Thousands of riders who joined in this year’s fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation were pedaling toward a symbolic destination — Hope, B.C.
“It was just such a symbolic destination, going to Hope,” Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, said.
She explained the money raised from the event goes toward things like research and supporting enhancements to care — things that can give families a sense of hope in a time of need.
“So, that’s the role we fill, to bring the dollars that are needed to advance these discoveries and bring new treatments and new therapies to cancer patients,” she said.
The route for the 2019 Ride to Conquer Cancer began in Cloverdale and spanned over 200 kilometres. The fundraiser, which has been described as hugely successful, brought in $9.1 million bringing the total raised to date up to $105.1 million.
— The BC Ride (@TheBCRide) August 25, 2019
Cyclists were lucky to have some good weather while they completed their ride, Roth said — it was slightly overcast, which is great weather for cycling.
“We have a lot of BC Cancer employees who participate, grateful patients and family members and friends. It’s really a unique opportunity to honour loved ones who have faced cancer and have a really wonderful experience cycling through some of the nicest scenery in British Columbia,” Roth said. “People in the community, in the neighbourhoods through which we cycle come out and cheer on our riders which is really wonderful.”
While the last of the 2,100 riders crossed the finish line Sunday evening, donations can be made anytime.