One of Campbell River’s most dedicated endurance athletes uses her skills to help children suffering from cancer.
This is Barbara Polehoykie’s fourth year participating in the Great Cycle Challenge, an initiative across Canada that has raised more than $21 million to support research into developing treatments and finding cures for childhood cancer.
The 60-year-old cyclist is joined by 66 other Campbell River participants who don their Lycra, cycling shoes and helmets to join the fray.
This year Polehoykie has committed to driving 1,400 kilometers in one month.
About 1,400 children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer every year and she wants to drive a mile for each of them.
“I’ve seen so many of my family members suffer from cancer, and it’s terrible,” she said.
“That’s why I do it for children. They shouldn’t suffer like my father, my brother, my brother-in-law, and my sister-in-law.’
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Polehoykie dedicates this year’s challenge to her brother, who lost his life to cancer last August.
She races triathlons and has entered this year’s Ironman Canada, which will be held in Penticton. Pushing herself to the limit, Polehoykie said her relatives who have passed away come to her mind.
“When I do my Ironmans, I think about my father,” she said. “And this year will be the first year I do it after my brother dies, so I’ll have my two angels up there watching over me.”
At the time of publication, she has reached $405 of her $1,000 goal. To contribute to Polehoykie’s campaign, people can visit her Great Cycle Challenge page, or email her at email@example.com to arrange for donations of cans and bottles.
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