A Saanich Peninsula man will be riding for the second time in the B.C. Ride to Conquer to Cancer.
Tim Earl, who rode for the first time in 2012 as an independent rider, will be once again taking the 220 kilometre ride from Vancouver to Seattle from June 15 to 16, but this time he’ll be with a 33-person team.
“I decided to do the ride after my sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer in 2009,” said Earl.
“I wanted to take a bad situation and turn it into something good and that’s how I got on board with the Ride to Conquer Cancer last year. It was just a really good reason to pull out the bike again.”
Earl will ride this year on Team Paladin Coast which is made up of riders from the Island and the Lower Mainland.
The B.C. Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer happens annually in a handful of Canadian cities and raises millions which go directly to provincial cancer foundations.
“Last year the ride raised $11 million just in B.C., for the B.C. Cancer Foundation,” said Earl, adding the event is unique in the fact every rider is responsible for raising a set amount.
“Every rider has to raise a minimum $2,500 in order to participate,” he said.
This year, over 3,000 riders and hundreds of staff, volunteers and supporters will gather for the ride which leaves from Vancouver, overnights in Mount Vernon, Washington and ends in Seattle.
“It’s an amazing event and an amazing experience to be with a group of people that size,” said Earl, who has already raised close to $2,000.
Those interested in donating to the B.C. Ride to Conquer Cancer can visit Earl’s donation page by searching him from the main website at www.conquercancer.ca under the green ‘donate’ tab. Printable donation forms are also available on the same page.