REPORTING · 1st October 2014
Kitimat was safer than usual on September 16th because a large number of RCMP Officers cycled into the community. This is the first time the Cops for Cancer Tour of the North with the Canadian Cancer Society has visited Kitimat and the RCMP were ready to receive them with a BBQ at the RCMP detachment.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan was present to welcome them to the community and thank them for doing what they could for a wonderful cause. “It’s uplifting to see all of you doing that,” said Monaghan.
Kitimat was the third to last stop on the journey. The RCMP were riding to Terrace the next day and then on to Prince Rupert. They started out with 24 riders but were down to 19 by the time they reached Kitimat. The weather held though out the tour.
The money raised is going to Kids with Cancer. Each of the riders inspire their communities to raise money for the cause. The money goes to pediatric research and support programs. They will support families, purchase prosthetics or fund Camp Good Times, where children can go for no cost and not have to worry about the shunts they might have, or their scars.
Each of the riders had their reasons for riding with the tour.
“It is a good cause, there is a lot of kids out there with Cancer. It feels that if I have a chance to help them out, or help anybody out, I’m happy to oblige. I have a lot of friends and family who have gone through cancer.” said Constable Leo Corcoran, who is taking the trek for his second year. “That’s kind of inspired me to see what I can do for raising money.”
Dennis Schwab, who is in his third year community rider stated his family has been touched by cancer, but is blessed that none of his children have had it. “I think this is a great cause and we’ve been very fortunate and we want to pass our good fortune along to others that aren’t quite as fortunate,” said Schwab.
Constable Brad Bandine is doing this to create awareness for the children. He is also doing this to raise awareness for the fundraiser itself. “The people that we’ve met along the way have been generous and fantastic,” said Bandine.
Paramedic Cheryl Miller is doing it for the children, as well as her dad, her brother and her husband.
Kitimat was supposed to have a rider on the team, Constable Robert Buller, but he received a transfer and could not join the ride. He volunteered to wash all of their shirts while they were in Kitimat. Corporal Chris Manseau from Kitimat would be joining the ride to Terrace as a guest rider.
The Makenzie RCMP received an addition boost while they were in Kitimat. A resident of Makenzie stopped by to donate an additional $2,500. She was up in Kitimat on a fishing trip at the time.