$26,000 raised to fight cancer

Cops For Cancer helped raise funds for a good cause. Another event is planned for Jan.23.

Why do our law enforcement and emergency services officers commit to months of arduous training and embark on a journey away from their families and friends for nine days?

Why do organizations, businesses and ordinary people pledge to raise thousands of dollars?

They do it to be a part of Cops for Cancer and show families who have a child with cancer they do not have to face their journey alone.

The money raised go towards pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

In September, 23 riders took to the roads and highways of the Fraser Valley. They rode for more than 800 kilometres in nine days, from Boston Bar to Tsawwassen and back.

This year, in Mission, organizers and participants went above and beyond, raising more than $26,000 thanks to the passion and dedication of the three local riders and the volunteers at the Mission unit office of the Canadian Cancer Society.

They engaged community members, schools and business in an effort to raise awareness around childhood cancer and money for research and Camp Goodtimes.

This past year Camp Goodtimes welcomed 377 participants to camp, including 166 kids currently on a cancer journey.

Robbie Burns’ Supper

Another fundraising event is set for later this month. The annual Robbie Burns’ Supper and Dance takes place on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Chartwell Cedarbrooke, 32331 7th Ave. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling the Canadian Cancer Society office in Mission at 604-820-3166.