This past weekend several BCCers were involved in what can only be described as an incredibly moving and worthwhile cause. August 19 to 22nd marked the 7th annual Tour for Kids, a charity bike event whose focus is on supporting three amazing camps that provide support and programming for children and families whose lives have been impacted by childhood cancer.
Even as I type this blog, I am getting goosebumps just remembering some of the stories shared by both childhood cancer survivors and their families, and knowing that simply by asking friends and family for support and then sitting on my saddle and turning the pedals for four days, I along with over 500 other riders, have been able to make a positive impact in someone else's life. This year was record-breaking, as the Tour sold out early and over $1 million in donations was raised by the riders participating.
I love events like this because you are able to meet new people, explore new terrain, and basically just have fun on your bike. Sure, the routes are challenging at times, and yes, it did rain on us for a few sections of the ride, but at the end of the day those challenges are nothing as compared to the people who are benefitting from the strength of those invovled.
The support team behind this event is amazing, the volunteers at each rest station offering to top up a water bottle and supplying yummy snacks and meals can't be beat, and the spirit underlying the entire event is fabulous.
I encourage anyone who has wondered about taking part in this event to do so. You won't be sorry.