An emotionally charged bicycle fundraiser kicked off in Banff Sunday to raise money and raise awareness for Alberta’s Kids Cancer Care Foundation.
Parents whose children have battled cancer participate in the second annual Kids Cancer Care Cycle Challenge.
The event was created last year in response to the pandemic, when many fundraising events were canceled due to COVID-19. It was a way for cyclists to get out and raise money while staying safe and physically at a distance.
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“Participating in the cycling challenge has given me a goal to work towards,” said Zukowski. “As I drive, I sing and talk to my late son Joel. It’s my way of spending time with him and it helps me continue to heal and raise money for such an important cause.”
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Zukowski is part of 2legit2quit, one of the 18 participating teams.
Cyclists choose to ride between 250 and 500 kilometers and can do so on an exercise bike or on the public road.
The 2021 ride has currently raised over $150,000. The money raised goes to the Kids Cancer Care camp programs.
The challenge ends on July 25.
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