A North Bay Police officer is riding 500 kilometres on his bike this month raising money to help fight cancer in children.
Constable Steven Brown is taking part in the Sick Kids Foundation’s Great Cycle Challenge Canada for the sixth time.
He’s motivated to ride in support of friends and family, including a friend’s child who is currently fighting a brain tumour.
“Like so many others, I have lost family members to cancer, but seeing the impact of a child dealing with this disease changes your perspective. Kids shouldn’t have to deal with these challenges, and I continue to commit each year to try and do my part,” said Cst. Brown. “This community is amazing, and I feel blessed to be part of it.”
The Sick Kids Foundation states that the event was started “because cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Canada. Over 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every year.”
Brown is looking to raise $500 with the community able to donate at the following link: http://www.greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/StevenBrown.
All donations made on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, will be matched up to $1,000,000 by the event’s supporters, the Garron Family, as part of Kick Cancer’s Butt Day.
Brown, an avid cyclist, also rode 100 km on May 2nd in honour of fallen police officers to coincide with the Ontario Police Memorial’s 2021 Ceremony of Remembrance.