Cops for Cancer heading to Whistler 

How far would you go to help a friend?

For a group of 15 law enforcement officers on bicycles, the answer is 600 kilometres over seven days.

The police officers are coming to Whistler as part of the annual Cops for Cancer Tour for a Friend, which raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Squamish RCMP constable Kim Janalla is participating this year, and will speak to the public when the Tour kicks off in Whistler on Sunday, Sept. 21.

"Each law enforcement officer who is a member of our cycling team is paired with a child who has experienced cancer or is living with cancer," said Bren Bailey of the Greater Vancouver Canadian Cancer Society.

"These kids are honourary members of the Tour team and are an inspiration to our riders."

There is also a celebrity connection for the tour this year, with Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden co-chairing the event with 9-year-old leukemia survivor Victoria Fawkes.

"I’ve been lucky to be apart of Camp Goodtimes, which is a camp for children with cancer, for a few years now," said Linden.

"I’m always amazed at the strength these kids show when dealing with their illness. I’ve seen first-hand the importance of programs like this for the kids, so I’m pleased to lend my support for this worthwhile cause."

The tour wraps up in Vancouver on Sept. 27. The list of places visited include Whistler, Squamish, Lions Bay, Powell River, Sechelt, Gibsons, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Richmond and Vancouver.

The officers will cycle an average of 100 km a day.


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