Maike van Niekerk Completes Her Cross Province Bike Journey for Cancer at Daffodil Place

13 August 2014

St. John's, NL -

At 12:30 p.m. today, Maike van Niekerk will finish her cross-province bike tour for cancer at Daffodil Place. Maike started her journey in St. Anthony on July 31 and is raising money in memory of her mom, Katrin Kohler, who passed away with cancer. The funds raised will be used to assist cancer patients with travel costs when they have to travel for cancer treatments. Maike set a goal to raise $30,000 and she has surpassed this goal.

Al Pelley, Vice-President of Philanthropy with the Canadian Cancer Society in this province says that Maike is an amazing young lady whose determination to help support cancer patients in this province is to be truly admired and respected. “One of the greatest stresses that a cancer patient faces is the financial burden associated with their diagnosis”. Maike recognized this need when her mother was going through her cancer journey and wanted to do something about it”. Pelley went on to say that the money Maike has raised will be designated for that purpose. “This money will begin the process to help address this need. The Canadian Cancer Society will seek corporate partners and other supporters to build on this fund,” says Pelley.

Maike van Niekerk is a passionate 19 year old humanitarian pursuing a nursing degree at Dalhousie University. Maike says, “I started this project named “Katrin’s Karepackage” by biking across the island to symbolize the cancer patient’s long journey to access cancer treatments. Thousands of cancer patients in this province are fighting for their lives and have to endure high costs associated with travel for treatments. Katrin’s Karepackage will help alleviate some of this stress and provide a more promising future for many cancer patients who simply can’t afford the travel costs”.


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For more information, please contact:

Al Pelley

Vice President of Philanthropy

Canadian Cancer Society-NL Division

Phone: (709) 753-6522