submitted by Ron Porteous
When it comes to fighting childhood cancer, Ron Porteous is a familiar face. A resident of South Mountain, Ron is planning to ride 1,250 kilometres and raise $5,000 during the month of August for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in support of its 8th annual Great Cycle Challenge Canada.
Founded in 2016, Great Cycle Challenge Canada has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. In just seven years, over 115,000 riders from all provinces and territories have ridden 20.1 million kilometres, raising more than $39.4 million for research, care and the development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. This year, SickKids Foundation hopes that more than 15,000 riders will take part to support kids’ cancer research.
“Cancer is the largest killer of Canadian children from disease and over 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every year,” said Jamie Lamont, Director of Special Events at SickKids Foundation. “Thanks to riders like Ron, we’re fueling groundbreaking research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.”
“This is the third time I have participated in Great Cycle Challenge,” said Ron Porteous. “During those years, I rode 2,520 kilometres and raised $11,055.53. This year, I am aiming to raise $5,000 and ride 1,250 kilometres.”
To learn more about Ron’s Great Cycle Challenge Canada and to make a donation, please visit greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/RonPorteous. To participate in Great Cycle Challenge Canada, visit GreatCycleChallenge.ca.
About Great Cycle Challenge Canada
Great Cycle Challenge Canada encourages cyclists across Canada to challenge themselves and set their own personal riding goal throughout August to fight kids’ cancer. Riders fundraise to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve. For more information, visit greatcyclechallenge.ca.
About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation.com.