More than 100 children roared when six colorfully dressed cyclists turned into the roundabout of the École Phoenix Middle School on Wednesday (September 22nd).
The cheers gave the drivers a big boost of energy after climbing a steep hill on Dogwood Street to get there.
Among the loudest of the group was the Corrigal family. They saw the direct benefit of the Cops for Cancer: Tour de Rock fundraising drives and were delighted to follow them as honor riders to various businesses and schools across town.
Natalia Corrigal was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer in 2014 at the age of four. Thanks to fundraisers from groups like Tour de Rock, she was able to attend Camp Goodtimes, which her mother Christa said made a huge difference on her long journey to recovery.
“We need to talk more about the importance of hope, fun, and inspiration in overcoming this disease,” she said.
Participation in the day was very important to Natalia.
“The Tour de Rock has always supported us and we have done our best lately to support it,” she said. “It means so much to us.”
Her mother added that it is a great honor to be part of this.
“We are very excited to be a part of Tour De Rock and to help support the future families behind us with terrible cancer diagnoses.
“Because what they do really helps the healing.”
Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2021 is an annual event where law enforcement and rescue workers cycle around Vancouver Island to raise funds for cancer research and support services for the Canadian Cancer Society in children.
The tour takes you through the Comox Valley on Thursday, September 23rd.
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