Surrey cyclist who raises money for kids’ cancer research now battling cancer of his own – Peace Arch News

For the past six years, Rick Stadler has made it his mission every summer to raise a significant amount during the Great Cycle Challenge.

This year it is personal.

The Surrey resident is one of Canada’s top fundraisers at the event, benefiting children’s cancer research through The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids Foundation).

In a fundraising video last year, Stadler reminded donors that one in two Canadians would develop cancer in their lifetime.

“So it would be you or me,” he says on his Challenge fundraising page. “It turned out that it was me, as I was recently diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and am currently undergoing treatment.

“It was discovered early, so my prognosis is good, thanks to the research done with funds raised before me,” Stadler added. “But the journey to cancer treatment isn’t always a friendly one, and no child should have to go through it.”

• RELATED STORY, as of 2020: Surrey’s Stadler has cycled for $25K in Great Cycle Challenge Canada.

This year, Stadler set out to cycle 300 miles and raise $28,000 at the Great Cycle Challenge in August, along with more than 20,000 fellow fundraising riders from across Canada.

In the past six years, the Tynehead area resident has cycled more than 2,771 miles and raised nearly $60,000.

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Last year, Stadler started a bottle campaign to raise extra money and is continuing that work.

“To date, my wife and I have recycled over 150,000 containers and raised over $15,000, in bottles only, for the fundraiser,” he reported. “I have collected in Surrey, Langley and White Rock and have received bottle donations from hundreds of households and businesses such as the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Abbotsford Superstore, Pizza Mantra in Walnut Grove and Primo’s, Cosmos, Zapoteca, Five Kitchen, Le Sasquatch and the Ocean Beach Hotel, all on the White Rock strip.”

The organizers of the Great Cycle Challenge appreciate Stadler’s efforts.

“Cancer is the number one killer of Canadian children from disease, and more than 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer each year,” said Jamie Lamont, special events director for the SickKids Foundation. “Thanks to riders like Rick, we’re fueling cutting-edge research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.”

More event details will be posted at greatcyclechallenge.ca.

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