A group of B.C. cyclists are hoping their 19-hour ride from Kelowna to Delta will help raise funds for cancer research.
Ride2Survive, an event that started in 2005 with only 17 riders now has up to 140, will hit the pavement on June 18th.
Michael Chiasson, one of the cyclists, says he started after his mother passed away from cancer, and both his father and sister were diagnosed.
He says the long ride is meant for people to feel the hardships of having to push through pain.
“It’s impossible to experience what a cancer patient sufferer is going through, but what we do know is that there are good days and bad days”
“It’s difficult to describe to anybody the experience of 400km. The legs become so tired that you feel you can’t even continue any further, the shoulder aches, the back aches form being on the handle bars and bent over.”
He says they refuse to spend money on advertisement or staff.
All the money raised goes towards research.
So far they’ve raised $4.5 million dollars.