Feature Story Friday, June 19, 2015
Rolling for a Cure
Vancouver and Chilliwack Ride to Live heroes raise $150K for the cause
Ride to Live bikers flash The Voice's camera a smile on their way through Chilliwack Fire Department Hall No. 1.
ccording to the stats, one-in-eight men will get prostrate cancer in their lifetimes. On Sunday, May 31, motorcycle riders from around the upper Fraser Valley gathered at Chances Casino before heading out on the road in support of the fight against the devastating disease.
The route was changed this year and firefighters from Fire Hall 1 threw open the big steel door allowing riders to pass through the hall on their way to Fraser Downs in Cloverdale where they met up with riders from Vancouver.
Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz accepted a plaque on behalf of the City in appreciation of their assistance over the last four years.
"It's so great to see everyone again," said Gaetz, who is a regular at the runs. "I'm so glad you chose Chilliwack as the place to show off at this great event."
Gaetz thanks the women riders for being part of the ride and told men to get checked.
"You're riding for something that is not so fun. Guys, I know that you don't like to talk about this stuff so much. It's really private and usually involves two fingers. I know that some of you have been diagnosed with prostrate cancer and this shows how much you care," she said.
Emcee Jeff Bodner spoke about the upcoming Wounded Warriors event.
"This summer Chilliwack has the pleasure and honour of presenting to the country and North America a weekend for our wounded warriors. The wounded warriors include everybody from soldiers to border guards, prison guards, to ambulance attendants, paramedics to nurses, and of course our soldiers, our policemen, our firefighters and everybody on the front lines dealing with the tough part of being human beings," said Bodner.
Bodner explained that PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, is one of the biggest hidden diseases that is out there today and talked about the Wounded Warriors event in Chilliwack on July 31.
"We are bringing in soldiers, firefighters and police officers from across the world and we're going to be having those from Abbotsford right into Chilliwack with the majority of events held at the PRTC base, and we are going to line Vedder Rd. with Chilliwack people in red shirts showing our support for the wounded warriors coming to town," he said.
The next fundraiser is the Father's Day Walk and Run June 21 presented by Raymond James for Prostrate Cancer Foundation. (thefathersdayrun.ca)
Dale Erikson spoke on behalf of the Prostrate Cancer Foundation and thanked riders for taking part.
"The ride has raised about $150,000 a year for raised awareness for prostrate cancer, so it's a very valuable to the foundation," he said.
The local prostrate cancer group meet once a month at the Mt. Cheam Lions Hall on Spadina and features speakers such as doctors and survivors.
Erikson urged men to get a PSA test saying that it helped him and others he's known.
"We're recommended men over 45-years-old to get the PSA test especially those with a family history of the disease, or if you're African-American, you should start when you're 40," he exlained.
Chances Chilliwack staff brought out an oversized cheque donation in the amount of $1000. Organizers presented a plaque to Chances for their support over the last three years, who also provided coffee and muffins to riders.
The last two rides were in the rain and Leah Lariviere told The Voice last week that the good weather was a big factor in the turnout.
"The ride had 500 plus riders, 170 vintage cars and trucks and raised over $175,000.00 for prostate cancer," she said.
John Lowe, Associate Pastor, from Windword Church in Langley blessed the ride with a prayer.
RCMP Cpl. Lee Dyson, who is part of the organizing committee, was on hand to escort riders.
Music was provided by Merv Tremblay and his band with MC Bro Jake. The winner of the 2015 Raffle was Garrick Geraghty from Langley.
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