Cops for cancer arrive Sept. 19

The Cops for Cancer Tour de North, and seven local riders, will hit the highway this Friday, Sept. 13, from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake.

The Cops for Cancer Tour de North, and seven local riders, will hit the highway this Friday, Sept. 13, from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake.

And every penny raised counts, said Dave Dickson, safer communities co-ordinator for Williams Lake and also one of the riders.

“It’s an important cause,” Dickson said, who will ride 850 kilometres in seven days to help support kids with cancer and their families with a group of 28 other riders along the way.

Last year, Cops for Cancer raised $320,000 throughout its campaign.

The following is this year’s Tour de North itinerary:

• Dawson Creek:  departs at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, from the Central Campus School.

• Fort St John: arrives at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Centennial Park.

• Hudson Hope: arrives at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the RCMP Detachment.

• Chetwynd: arrives at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Rotary Park.

• Powder King: arrives at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

• Mackenzie: arrives at 12 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the RCMP Detachment.

• Bear Lake: arrives at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at BCAS Station.

• Prince George: arrives at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Third Avenue.

• Hixon: arrives at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Hixon Elementary School.

• Quesnel: arrives at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at The Four Corners.

• Williams Lake: arrives at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, with a finale at the Williams Lake and District Credit Union.

On Sept. 19, following Cops for Cancer Tour de North riders arriving in Williams Lake at 4 p.m., there will be a gala barbecue at 7 p.m. at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.

This year local riders are cycling in honour of seven-year-old Chase Lamont, who battled cancer last year.

“Things are going good for him right now so we’re hoping that continues on,” Dickson said.

Also at the gala Sept. 19 Williams Lake resident Amanda Sherwood — a family friend of Lamont’s — will be shaving her head in his support.

Tickets to the riders gala are a minimum $10 donation to Cops for Cancer in advance and tickets are available at the Williams Lake and District Credit Union, M&M Meats, Canadian Tire and the Canadian Cancer Society office.

Other riders from Williams Lake participating in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de North are Scott Austin, Brendan Charma, Brian Evans, Casey Charles, Chris Romanchych and Steve Stewart.

For more on Cops for Cancer, or to make a donation, visit www.copsforcancerbc.ca.