Riders were welcomed eagerly by the community of Fort St. James on Sept. 17.
Just outside of The Key Resource Centre, bicycles were parked and lunch was being prepared in celebration of the 25 riders from Northern B.C. taking part in the annual bike ride to help fight cancer.
Each September, after a strenuous training schedule, over 100 committed law enforcement and emergency personnel venture off on a two week cycle across British Columbia.
Funds raised support the Canadian Cancer Society and will help maximize funds directed to childhood cancer research and programs supporting children and their families.
Two members of the Fort St. James community are taking part this year and both were thrilled to stop in for the meet and greet and catch up with family, friends and the community at large who have helped support their cause.
Brendan Nickle, a constable with the RCMP in Fort St. James is excited to be taking part in the ride for the first time this year.
“This is important to me as I have recently lost my aunt to cancer. I believe the ride will be a great opportunity to personally help fight cancer,” Nickel said.
Nickle has been with the RCMP since 2012 and for the last year has been busily promoting Cops For Cancer in Fort St. James.
The 34-year-old doesn’t seem tired at all and neither does Curtis Macdonald, also from Fort St. James.
MacDonald is a member of the B.C. Ambulance Service and he has recently been promoted to Assistant Chief with the Fort St. James Fire Department.
“We’re feeling good and having a great time,” Macdonald said.
Macdonald is excited to visit the various communities along the ride.
The final stop will be Prince Rupert on Sept. 22.