North Bay cop raising funds to combat childhood cancer


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North Bay Police Officer Const. Steven Brown is raising money as part of the Great Cycle Challenge Canada to help fight childhood cancer.

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The Sick Kids Foundation’s annual event states that the event was started “because cancer is the number one killer of children from disease in Canada. More than 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every year.”

Brown will drive 500 miles during the month of August as part of the initiative with a fundraising goal of $500.

This year he will participate in the event for the sixth time.

Brown is an avid cyclist and has ridden in support of numerous causes.

On May 2, 2021, he drove 100 kilometers in honor of fallen police officers to coincide with the Ontario Police Memorial’s 2021 commemoration ceremony.

Brown is motivated to ride in support of friends and family, including a friend’s child who is currently battling a brain tumor.

“Like so many others, I have lost family members to cancer, but seeing the impact of a child dealing with this disease changes your perspective. Kids shouldn’t have to face these challenges, and I remain committed every year to try to do my part,” said Brown. “This community is amazing and I feel blessed to be a part of it.”

Those wishing to donate to the charity can do so through Brown’s Participant Page, which can be found at www.greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/StevenBrown.

All donations made on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 will be matched to $1,000,000 by the event’s supporters, the Garron family, as part of Kick Cancer’s Butt Day.

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