On Thursday, the Pedal For Hope team presented the Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque for $352,287.63 from funds raised during the 2017 cycling tour earlier this year.
To date, the Pedal for Hope Team, created by Detective Constable John Townsend of the Peterborough Police Service in 2004, have raised $4.5 million, making it one of the Canadian Cancer Society's largest donors of pediatric research dollars in Canada.
In 2015, members of the Durham Regional Police Service joined forces with Peterborough's Pedal For Hope team as guest riders. In 2016, the Durham officers became part of the organizing
committee and were instrumental in the fight against childhood cancer. Through the combined efforts of both PPS and DRPS, over $100,000 was raised in the Durham Region area of the
From April 24 to May 12, 2017, officers from the Durham Regional Police Service, Peterborough Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police traded their police uniforms for spandex and cycled through Durham Region, Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton Highlands and Northumberland County. The team's goal is to raise awareness and understanding for local children battling cancer, as well as funds to assist in finding a way to manage cancer through pediatric cancer research. Visiting 45 schools along the 1,000 km cycling tour, they held game-themed assemblies which featured head shaving for teachers and officers, educational and fun activities.
Joining the Canadian Cancer Society and with the help of numerous sponsors, the Pedal For Hope team created the inaugural Courtney Druce Memorial Golf Tournament, held in Peterborough on June 24. Courtney spent nearly half of her life fighting cancer, overcoming it three times by her 24th birthday. At age 25, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer and ultimately lost her fifth and final battle in April 2016. The golf tournament in her honour will raise funds for pediatric cancer research, as well as all the kids lost to cancer since Pedal For Hope was created in 2005.
In 2012, the Canadian Cancer Society recognized the team's outstanding fundraising efforts and bestowed the highest honour upon them - a research grant named after the team. In 2014, a second research grant was created and awarded to Dr. Sung of the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. As part of the Pedal For Hope team, Dr. Sung will spend four years working on an application that will help children undergoing cancer treatment to identify and recognize symptoms they may be experiencing but don't know how to explain.
Pedal For Hope Cheque Presentation (JPG file, 387.5K bytes)