Many ways to support Tour de Rock

Chronicle editor Lindsay Chung reminds readers of the many ways through which they can support the Cops for Cancer tour.

The countdown is on for the arrival of the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock in Ladysmith and Chemainus Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

It’s always an inspiring, emotional time, and I’m sure this year will be no different. There are so many stories of bravery in the face of cancer, and countless people, businesses, organizations and groups step up to support this great cause in an incredible way.

The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock (TDR) raises money for pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. The TDR team cycles from one end of Vancouver Island to the other, covering 1,000 kilometres.

This year, Ladysmith resident Misty Dmytar, a constable with the Nanaimo RCMP, is riding in the 14-day Tour. Her reason for participating? Her two-year-old son Griffyn, who was just four days old when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. After surgery and treatments, the disease has been effectively dormant since 2010.

Children are the main beneficiaries of TDR fundraising, as money raised during the Tour goes to Camp Goodtimes, a camp for children who have survived cancer or are undergoing treatments.

As we gear up for the Red Serge Dinner in Ladysmith, the TDR committee is still looking for silent auction items for the dinner. Anyone who would like to contribute to the auction can contact Kim Judson at 250-245-6390.

The Red Serge Dinner will take place Monday. Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall. Tickets are now on sale for $25 at the Chronicle and at Ladysmith and District Credit Union.                                      —Lindsay Chung