Ross pedaling for SickKids Foundation

HITTING THE ROAD Milford’s Don Ross is participating in his fourth Great Cycle Challenge Canada for SickKids. (Submitted Photo)

A Prince Edward County resident is hitting the road later this summer to participate in his fourth cycling challenge benefitting SickKids Hospital.

Milfordian Don Ross is planning to ride 750 kilometres later this summer and raise $1,500 The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in support of its 5th annual Great Cycle Challenge Canada.

Founded in 2016, Great Cycle Challenge Canada has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. In just three years, over 63,000 riders from all provinces and territories have ridden 10.3 million kilometres, raising more than $12.4 million for research, care and the development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

This year, SickKids Foundation hopes more than 30,000 riders will take part to support of kids’ cancer. Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada.

Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost pediatric health-care institutions.

“Cancer is the largest killer of Canadian children from disease and over 1,400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every year,” said Jamie Lamont, Director of Special Events at SickKids Foundation. “Thanks to riders like Don, we’re fueling groundbreaking research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.”

“This is the fourth time I have participated in Great Cycle Challenge,” said Ross. “During those years, I rode 5,716 kilometres and raised $5,747.06. This year, I am aiming to raise $1,500 and ride 750 kilometres.”

Ross explained he has been inspired to jump on his bike and pedal for SickKids by way of regular visits to Toronto area Cancer Care hospitals.

“My wife Heather and I sometimes see these young children when we are at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre & Toronto Western where she’s been receiving ongoing care for metastatic breast cancer,” Ross said. “As any parent or grandparent like us would say…..all kids should be living life, not fighting for it . So I’m raising funds through my challenge to ride as many days as I can manage to from spring until late fall to help these kids and support Sick Kids Foundation.”

To learn more about Don’s Great Cycle Challenge Canada and to make a donation, please visit greatcyclechallenge.ca/Riders/DonRoss.