First responders to cycle across the Golden Horseshoe to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society

18 September 2018

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September 17, 2018 (Niagara Falls, ON) - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Starting tomorrow, 28 law enforcement and emergency services personnel will cycle 400 km across the Golden Horseshoe until September 21 while engaging communities on-route in raising money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.

With cancer being the leading cause of disease-related death in children under the age of 15 years, the Niagara Regional Police Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Niagara Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society for the inaugural Cops for Cancer Tour de Golden Horseshoe to help patients and their families. Meridian Credit Union is a sponsor of the Tour and riders will be stopping at the organization’s branches in Fort Erie and Grimbsy along with the head office in St. Catharines. To learn more, pledge a rider or make a donation visit copsforcancer.ca.

Funds raised through the tour will support world-class research that is helping to save and improve the lives of children locally and right across the country, in addition to support services such as Wheels of Hope which helps patients and their families get to cancer treatment appointments.

“We are thrilled to launch Tour de Golden Horseshoe with our partners from the Niagara Regional Police Service and other local first responder groups,” Karen Viersen, Senior Manager, Niagara Hamilton, Brant-Norfolk Community Office. “Fundraising enables progress and change and it’s through partnerships like this and the generosity of the community that the Canadian Cancer Society is able to advance our work so that fewer children and their families are impacted by cancer.”
Progress is being made as the Canadian Cancer Society estimates that more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive at least five years past diagnosis. Yet more work needs to be done because one child with cancer is too many and 2 out of 3 childhood cancer survivors suffer long-term side effects from their treatment.
"Having had the privilege and honour of cycling with the Cops for Cancer teams in my previous role in British Columbia, I am honoured to have been asked by Chief Bryan MacCulloch to assist in bringing and leading this initiative in Niagara,” says Bill Fordy, Deputy Chief of the Niagara Regional Police Service. “We are committed to the well-being of our members, their families, and the communities we serve. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with our communities, and the youth in particular, while helping raise monies for pediatric cancer research.”
The Canadian Cancer Society uses a comprehensive approach when taking action against childhood cancer, by:
• Being the largest national charitable funder of childhood cancer research in Canada, with work focused on diagnosis, treatment and patient quality of life
• Advocating on behalf of those affected by cancer, pushing for government change on important cancer-related issues, such as successfully securing better support for parents and legal guardians who need to take time off work to care for children with cancer
• Providing information and support services for children living with cancer and their families

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About Cops for Cancer

Cops for Cancer first began in 1994, when Sergeant Gary Goulet of the Edmonton Police Service met Lyle Jorgenson, a then 5-year-old boy who had cancer. Goulet requested the meeting after learning that Lyle was being ridiculed at school because of his hair loss due to chemotherapy. Goulet was so moved by the boy’s story, he rallied his colleagues to shave their heads in solidarity. The Cops for Cancer movement was born when Goulet contacted the Canadian Cancer Society to hold a head shaving fundraiser. The event concept spread and evolved to neighbouring police forces and eventually across the country raising millions of dollars for childhood cancer research and support services. Today, hundreds of law enforcement and emergency services personnel have raised millions of dollars through Cops for Cancer events.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, CCS has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Michaelides, Canadian Cancer Society
Stephanie.Michaelides@cancer.ca
416-323-7039


The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.