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Cops for Cancer

Police officers across the province play a leadership role in organizing the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer events by involving the community in fundraising and cancer awareness activities. The events range from head shaves in public places to participating in bike rides, such as Pedal for Hope, to organizing various school-based fundraising activities. To raise funds in the fight against cancer, event participants collect pledges from their co-workers, friends, family and community members.

Get involved

To learn more, register for an event or donate to a team or person, select the event in your local area:

  • Alberta

    Police officers across the province play a leadership role in organizing the Canadian Cancer Society's Cops for Cancer events by involving the community in fundraising and cancer awareness activities. To date, the program has raised more than $16 million across Canada.

    Police officers and supportive citizens – both men and women – raise funds in a variety of ways. They may shave their heads and collect pledges from co-workers, friends and family. They may seek pledges for participation in grueling Ironman or marathon events. Golf tournaments, softball tournaments, BBQs, car washes, road races and coin collections are other ways to have fun and raise funds.

  • British Columbia and Yukon

    Cops for Cancer is an exciting annual event that takes place each fall, when over a hundred law enforcement and emergency services personnel from across the province brave all types of weather as they cycle up to two weeks across the daunting terrain of Vancouver Island, Northern BC, the coast of British Columbia and the Fraser Valley.

    Why? Because the impact of cancer on the life of a child and their family is devastating. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving research and caring programs like Camp Goodtimes to reduce its impact on families.

    Tour de Coast - Greater Vancouver

    This 800 km Tour pedals the Sea to Sky corridor as well as the Sunshine Coast, North Shore and cities in Greater Vancouver from Maple Ridge to Richmond.

    For more information, visit Cops for Cancer BC Tour de Coast.

    DONATE

    Tour de North - Northern Region

    Cops for Cancer riders brave cool weather and mountain highway conditions on this ambitious route, from Dawson Creek and travelling over 850 km south to finish in Williams Lake.

    For more information, visit Cops for Cancer BC Tour de North.

    DONATE

    Tour de Rock - Vancouver Island

    Beginning at the north end of Vancouver Island and covering the west, east and south coasts, Tour de Rock riders travel over 1000 km during this two-week event.

    For more information, visit Cops for Cancer BC Tour de Rock.

    DONATE

    Tour de Valley - Fraser Valley

    Several cities south of the Fraser River are destinations for this Tour as riders trek 800 km northwards from Langley to Boston Bar, then south to Tsawwassen and White Rock.

    For more information, visit Cops for Cancer BC Tour de Valley.

    DONATE
  • Manitoba

    Police officers across Manitoba play a leadership role organizing the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer events, involving the community in fundraising and cancer awareness activities.

    Police officers and supportive citizens join forces to raise funds in many fun and interesting ways. Head shaves, marathons and barbecues are just some of the ways!

    Winnipeg Police Service half marathon

    The Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon will take place on May 1, 2016 at the Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. For more information or to register visit wpshalfmarathon.ca.

    Check out this video re-capping one of the past events.

    Cops for Cancer head shave

    On May 28 at noon the Cops for Cancer Head Shave will be held at Kildonan Place.  All funds raised through pledges are in support of the Canadian Cancer Society's fight for life!

    The story of Cops for Cancer

    In 1994, Gary Goulet, an Edmonton police officer, met a young boy who was being teased at school because of his hair loss from chemotherapy. Goulet’s head was already shaved so he gathered a group of police officers willing to shave their own heads in support of the young boy with cancer. The act of kindness received media coverage, along with calls and letters from citizens touched by the officer’s campaign.

    Goulet received many letters, but one letter moved Goulet to do more. A mother whose daughter had cancer urged Goulet to continue his campaign by challenging other police departments to get involved.

    Goulet contacted the Canadian Cancer Society and the head-shaving event caught on. The program is now one of the largest community fundraising events for the Canadian Cancer Society.

    Donate to Cops for Cancer

    Support Manitoba's men and women who serve our communities, and their efforts to raise money for the cancer fight.

  • Ontario

    Cops for Cancer was created from the idea of one man and has grown into an inspirational force engaging police officers and other emergency services and their communities in the fight against cancer. Since it began in 1994, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $50.4 million.

    Police and emergency services personnel continue to help drive the Cops for Cancer program by organizing events throughout the province. The events range from head shaves to participating in bike rides such as Pedal for Hope to organizing various school-based fundraising activities.

    To register for a Cops for Cancer event in your community or to learn more, please visit the Cops for Cancer website.

  • Saskatchewan

    Cops for Cancer - A community event where police and other emergency services personnel come together to raise money in support of the Canadian Cancer Society's life-saving mission. Get started now!

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