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Riding across Canada for the kids

A barrage of 32 bikes came through the Langley Sears parking lot yesterday morning (Sept. 10) on Day 1 of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. There are 32 riders in the eighth annual event who are biking across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax to raise money for cancer research.   - Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times
A barrage of 32 bikes came through the Langley Sears parking lot yesterday morning (Sept. 10) on Day 1 of the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. There are 32 riders in the eighth annual event who are biking across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax to raise money for cancer research.
— image credit: Miranda Gathercole/Langley Times

A parade of 32 cyclists were greeted by friends, family and supporters at Sears Langley Thursday morning (Sept. 10) for day one of the eighth annual Sears National Kids Cancer Ride.

The riders are taking 17 days to bike across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax to raise funds for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, a national charity dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

They started Thursday by dipping their wheels in the Pacific Ocean, and will end the ride by dipping their wheels in the Atlantic Ocean.

“They are all passionate about this,” said Aaron Budlong, operations manager at Sears Langley.  All of the participants and organizers are either volunteers with the organization, work with sick children or have been touched by cancer personally, he added.

“It’s very touching, it’s really emotional.”

Sears Langley has pledged to raise $10,000 for the cause by October.

So far, through staff fundraising events and more than 700 customer donations, they have $4,500. To donate, visit the Sears Langley store in Willowbrook Mall or go to www2.coasttocoastagainstcancer.org

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