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Cops for Cancer rolls through Quesnel

Riders made a stop at the Quesnel RCMP Detachment on Sept. 19

Quesnel RCMP Cst. Anne Bock says one child with cancer is one too many.

On Monday, Sept. 19, Bock cycled into Quesnel with Cops for Cancer Tour de North.

The riders consisting of law enforcement and emergency services personnel stopped at the Quesnel RCMP Detachment before heading to Mr. Mike’s for supper.

They started their more than 800-kilometre journey on Sept. 14 from Dawson Creek to raise funds supporting paediatric cancer research and caring support programs such as Camp Goodtimes.

“I want to make sure that enough research is done to help them as best we can,” Bock said, noting she lost her cousin, Anne, to a childhood cancer.

Tour de North participants met many junior riders — kids touched by cancer— along the way.

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“Each big hill we dedicate to one of them,” Bock added.

This was Bock’s second tour with Cops for Cancer. Her first was in 2018, and earlier this year, she was hard at practice putting in 9,000 kilometres of training.

“I am overprepared and having an absolute blast,” Bock said.

Before riders departed the Quesnel RCMP Detachment, Bock shared a hug with detachment clerk Dana Bouchard, who was presented with a plaque of appreciation.

Bouchard has been the main point of contact for Cops for Cancer organizers when Tour de North rolls through Quesnel and assists with arranging billets and more.

”I think it’s amazing that they take time out of their personal lives to do this ride to raise money for kids, and I can’t ride a bike, so I’m just happy to support them in whatever way that I could,” Bouchard said.

The tour ended Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Williams Lake at the Canadian Tire parking lot, where it was revealed the group raised $150,999.88.

(With files from Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune)

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