Think you can’t ride your bike 160 km?
Think you can’t do it 18 days in a row?
Think you can’t raise $25,000?
Think you can’t make a difference for kids with cancer?
Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and Sears Canada are proud to present the SEARS NATIONAL KIDS CANCER RIDE, one of the most challenging and ambitious charity cycling events in the world benefiting childhood cancer research.
The 2016 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride is an emotional and inspirational journey. Up to 35 national riders participate, cycling from Vancouver, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia in just eighteen days.
Completing the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride requires commitment to prepare, train and fundraise. As a rider, you’ll have your own reason for taking on this epic challenge: maybe it’s to honour a special child or maybe it’s your commitment to making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer.
Yes, it’s a challenge to ride 160 to 225 km per day, for 18 days in a row. And yes, it’s a challenge to raise $15,000 in support of kids with cancer. Yet, since 2008, more than 200 riders have signed up, ridden the distance and raised the funds.
We’ll help you with training, nutrition plans, fundraising ideas and programs, teamwork, and support along the way.
Can’t commit 17 days, but still want to get involved? For lower registration fees and lower fundraising requirements, join us for a 3-day or 6-day relay segment. Select from several Start locations and join us for one or more of these 3-day segments. Spaces are very limited, so register early. Here are examples of some of the multi-day segments that are available:
– Vancouver to Calgary or Edmonton
– Calgary to Winnipeg
– Winnipeg to Thunder Bay
– Thunder Bay to Toronto
– Toronto to Quebec City
– Quebec City to Halifax
With your help, the 2016 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride will raise over $1.5 million. The support of our many volunteers and generous sponsors, including Sears, ensures that 100% of the money you raise will go directly to fund research and support programs at every pediatric oncology centre in Canada.
Each day, there are many experiences that will remind you why you’re doing this, and how it will benefit children and their families. You cannot help but be inspired. When your heart is open to the journey, the mind and body will follow.
It was hard to believe that I’d be able to ride my bike these distances for 17 days in a row. But seeing the kids and families along the way gave me new motivation every day. This is easy compared to what these children go through.
I learned about teamwork on the National Ride. We never ride alone; we always ride as a group, helping each other every kilometer. And we’re supported by very dedicated volunteers. I know that I could not have done it without the incredible teamwork and support of the entire group.
Before the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride, I had never ridden more than 100 km in a single day or raised more than $3,000. Thanks to the training and support, I was able to successfully complete the ride and raise $59,000 for the cause. I’ve never felt a greater sense of accomplishment in my entire life.
As a parent whose daughter is a childhood cancer survivor, I know what these children and families are going through. I don’t need to look very far for the motivation to take on this challenge. I’m committed to making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer.
When I was five, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Today, I’m healthy and live a normal life. For several years, I was on hand as the national riders rode into Calgary. Their commitment inspired me to do the National Ride in 2013, and I’ll be back again in 2015. Every year, 1500 families in Canada hear the words ‘Your child has cancer’. I am doing my part to stop this. What about you?