That is the question that originally inspired B&A Partner Ken Venner in 2011 to sign-up for his first Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer (Ride to Conquer Cancer) after losing his mom to the disease.
Now entering his fifth consecutive ride, he has inspired fellow B&A’ers to join in the cause and enter a company team.
“I am participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer to honour the memory of mom,” says Ken. “She is the most courageous person I’ve ever known. She battled cancer for over two decades – all while living on her own terms. I extend her legacy by fundraising and promoting awareness of this great cause. I know this would make her proud and it keeps her spirit close to me.”
The B&A Planning Group Team consists of seven members with a goal of raising $30,000. The group has kicked off fundraising including selling green beer to co-workers on St. Patrick’s Day during a staff lunch and learn. They are also planning to participate in the Bike to Work Day on May 6.
“It’s been a great way to connect with the team outside of the office, and appreciate each other’s personal motivations for participating in the cause. Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. It feels good to make a stand and try to make a difference,” explains Ken.
Fundraising aside, the epic, two-day cycling event is no easy task. It spans over 200 kilometers through Alberta’s Rockies.
The team has been training hard with proper nutrition (with the odd green beer thrown in), along with team rides and intense weekend training.Click Here to Donate
Since 2009, The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $42.6 million for The Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Funds raised through Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer enable the Alberta Cancer Foundation to support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centers across Alberta.
As the largest cancer foundation in Alberta, The Alberta Cancer Foundation’s mission is to achieve a cancer-free future, so they invest in cancer prevention and screening, enhanced care and research across Alberta.
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