Richmond directors Natalie McCarthy and Karen Barclay ride in the Ride the Conquer Cancer.
225 kilometres. 2,100 riders. Two epic days. Last weekend, Richmond directors Natalie McCarthy, Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Overnight Respite and Karen Barclay, Mental Health and Substance Use, tackled the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer with their team, 'Better Outcomes 2', on a two-day journey to raise awareness and funds in support of those fighting the battle against cancer. Embracing their inner-superheroes, the bat-tastic team of 24 rode 225 kilometres and raised an impressive $105,000 for the Dr. Michele Williams Oral Cancer Research and Education Fund at the BC Cancer Agency.
“I joined The Ride because devoting a weekend to cycling through our beautiful province is something I'm lucky to be healthy enough to do, and something I don't take for granted," says Karen. “We all have someone in our lives that we miss due to cancer—those people are the names I carried with me and that kept me motivated throughout this journey."
The team donned their bat ears and wore superhero jerseys to embrace their superhero theme—Karen adding that “every BATtle needs as many superheroes as possible."
First time rider, Natalie, says that joining the ride was a small way she could help make a difference for cancer patients locally and around the world.
“Most of us have been affected by cancer directly or indirectly. Uterine, skin, cervical, breast and other cancers have impacted the lives of my colleagues, friends, and family," she says. “I'm riding to honour the bravery of those fighting cancer, the loved ones and care providers walking alongside them, and the researchers working hard to find effective treatments and ultimately, a cure."
“Your words of encouragement and donations helped keep me peddling when the going got tough!" says Natalie. “The ride was beautiful (except the hills), the event was inspirational, and together, all 2,100 riders contributed an epic 9.1M to cancer treatment and research."
Congratulations to the Better Outcomes 2 team and your amazing accomplishment—and to all those who donated to support their cause.