Cops for Cancer month recognizes impact of childhood cancer and commitment of Cops for Cancer tour riders

01 September 2011

Vancouver -

September has been proclaimed Cops for Cancer Month in BC to recognize the contribution of members of law enforcement and emergency services who participate in the annual Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer tours. 

Cops for Cancer 2010 Tour de Valley Captain Ken Usipiuk and members of the South Asian community were instrumental in requesting the proclamation for 2011. The Canadian Cancer Society and Cops for Cancer participants and supporters expressed their gratitude to the BC Government for the proclamation as it will raise awareness of the events and the impact of cancer on children and families.

BC’s four cycling tours that are held in Greater Vancouver (Tour de Coast), Fraser Valley (Tour de Valley), Northern BC (Tour de North) and on Vancouver Island (Tour de Rock) take place to raise funds to support children with cancer and their families.

In 2010 the tours raised $2.4 million for childhood cancer research and the Canadian Cancer Society’s empowering summer recreation program, Camp Goodtimes. The tour riders visit Camp Goodtimes to see first hand the impact of donations.

We are extremely grateful to the riders, who make an enormous personal commitment to train, fundraise and participate in the tours, and to all the organizations, businesses, schools and others who donate or volunteer in support of the tours, said Christy Sampson, Director, Community Giving at the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon. 

Like the Tour de France, riders follow a grueling training schedule in the weeks leading up to the actual events. The four tours take place in September and early October. On tour, riders cycle hundreds of kilometers over 7-14 days. They travel in standard cycling formation in all conditions and there are support people who assist with logistics, safety and first aid.
The Tour de France riders are athletes who compete to be the best in the world. The Cops for Cancer riders take part so that BC children with cancer and their families can go to Camp Goodtimes. They have the hope that through research one day children with cancer will be treated successfully with no damaging effects.

A special camaraderie evolves among the riders and the honorary Junior Team of young cancer patients and survivors, whose courage inspires them through long, hard hours on the road.

On tour, the teams visit schools and other locations to raise awareness of the cancer cause. BC communities have been very enthusiastic and really get behind the tours. In total riders will visit about 60 communities while on tour, said Ms Sampson.

Donations to Cops for Cancer are invested in the best childhood cancer research in Canada. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of pediatric cancer research and Cops for Cancer is the largest contributor to pediatric cancer research.

Although childhood cancer is relatively rare, the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the life of a child and family is world-shattering. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children, second only to injury. Of the survivors, a significant portion will experience late effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  About 130 cases a year will occur in BC and the Yukon. Of these, 24 children will not survive their illness.

For further information about Cops for Cancer contact Christy Sampson, Director, Community Giving, 604 675 7362 or cell 604 202 2299. or the contacts below.

Tour de North: (September 9-15, 2011) Contact Erin Reynolds, 250-564-0885 ext 108 or Tour Captain: Pat Egan, 250-787-8111

Tour de Coast: (September 21-29, 2011)ContactLaura Pashkewych 604.215.5215 or Shivani Malli 604.215.5471.

Tour de Valley (September 22-30, 2011) Contact Nicola Harper 604.533.1227

Tour de Rock:  (September 24 - October 7, 2011) The 2011 Tour de Rock is the 14th annual event with $15million raised over the past 13 years. Contact: Cynthia Durand-Smith Direct line: 250 380-2352 or cell: 250 888-9497 or

Note: Tour de Coast is hosting a Starting Line Celebration at 7pm on Friday, September 9th, 2011 at the Terminal City Club.  The evening will comprise a myriad of inspirational speakers, community and policing leaders, riders and other guests.Info: Laura Pashkewych at 604.215.5215.

Coast Capital Savings is the official 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Sponsor for Tours on Vancouver Island, and in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Loiacono

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7340