10th annual Ride for Doug raises $34,000

Fundraiser for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research has contributed more than $150,000 to the cause since the first ride a decade ago

Doug Penner addresses riders before they head out on the 10th annual Ride for Doug on Sunday. The event, a fundraiser for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, brought in $34,000 this year.

“Blown away” is how Doug Penner’s dad Cam describes his feelings toward the riders, friends and family who supported the 10th annual Ride For Doug.

Nearly 90 motorcyclists took part in the ride under warm skies on Sunday, June 5, raising $34,000.

The ride covers more than 100 km of scenic roads, with riders stopping at Cascade Falls in Mission and returning to Langley for a barbecue. This year, Doug’s guitar teacher provided live music for the hungry crew.

In 2016, Ride For Doug had two fundraising goals. The first was to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada, as it has for the past nine years. The ride has raised over $150,000 for the charity over the years.

The second goal this year was to help purchase a stair lift for Doug. As he gets older, stairs are becoming more challenging. A total of $14,000 was raised toward that project, said Cam.

Cam can’t believe it’s been 10 years since he has organized the first ride to honour his son who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The illness affects only boys and has no cure.

Each year, Doug rides on the back of his dad’s bike.  The 13-year-old has come to know the riders who participate.

Every year, Cam writes down his feelings about the ride and the road ahead.

“Eighty-nine motorcycles strong, leaving the lot in a show of power. One of their own has a tough battle ahead, and every one of the riders is proving they are riding with Doug. He is not alone,” wrote Cam.

“This next week, while at the hospital hooked up to his weekly IV, he won’t be thinking about Muscular Dystrophy. He will be sharing the tales of the road. Talking about who showed up, who got a new bike this year, and planning and scheming on how to get one of his own.”

Doug has switched from weekly injections of his clinical trial drug to a weekly IV. He has had not one, but two surgeries to install ports.

“I have flown to Washington, DC to lobby the FDA for drug approval. And we have logged more than 60 visits to Children’s Hospital.

“But Doug is still walking. For a DMD boy of 13.5 years, this is impressive. But with the sweet comes the bitter.”

Five days before Ride For Doug, the trial medication he is on was discontinued.

But Doug’s spirits are high, knowing so many people are in his corner, said Cam.

“Days like this are why we need Ride For Doug, and the friends and family who support us. Pain and disappointment are never far away. We will be leaning on you in the coming days as we regain our footing. And after a day like today, we have no doubt that you will be there,” wrote Cam.

For more information, or to donate, go to the Facebook page or ridefordoug.com.

Just Posted

Coleman decides against running for Surrey mayor

‘I’m a Langley guy,’ MLA says

Glow Langley returns bigger and brighter this Christmas

Organizers will also introduce Harvest Glow — a celebration of autumn

Aldergrove Food Bank leader ‘retires’

Darlene Isaak has a ‘legacy written in the hearts and bellies of the vulnerable’

A closer look at law enforcement for RCMP junior cadets

Annual Langley event marks 13th year

Langley man arrested for alleged voyeurism at BCIT

Burnaby RCMP have arrested a 48-year-old man after he allegedly took photos of a woman in a washroom

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Most Read