North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Dayne Lyons is taking a break from fighting crime this year to fight cancer instead.
Lyons is on the 2019 Tour de Rock team aiming to cycle more than 1,000 kilometres from tip to tip of Vancouver Island, all in two weeks, to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and to help send kids to camp.
“We at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are proud to support our local Tour de Rock rider, Const. Lyons, and his team as they continue their training and fundraising efforts towards this exceptional cause,” said Inspector Chris Bear. “Const. Lyons has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for almost two years. All of his service to date has been with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.”
Const. Lyons started showing a keen interest in taking part in the Tour de Rock almost immediately after arriving in the Cowichan Valley, said Inspector Bear.
The annual Tour de Rock trip runs this year from Sept. 21 to Oct. 4.
“Twenty years ago, survivability of childhood cancer hovered around 40 per cent; today that number is over 80 per cent,” Lyons said. “I’m so honoured to be representing the Cowichan Valley this year so we can help make that survivability rate even higher with each passing year.”
Lyons can expect a grueling ride and a life-changing experience filled with school visits, stops at seniors’ villages and meeting cancer survivors and their supporters.
Lyons and the rest of the team will also spend time with their junior riders, Island-based children who’ve had a history with cancer.
Jason Perry, who works with the BC Ambulance Service in Mill Bay, is also on the 2019 Tour de Rock team.
“Personally, my family has been touched several times by this terrible disease. My mother, my sister, my grandfather, and grandmother have all had to fight this disease,” he said on his fundraising page. “I’ve made the commitment to dedicate my time with the Tour de Rock this year to raise awareness, raise money, and hopefully the spirits of those I meet this year during my journey.”
Perry’s goal is to raise $5,000 and he’s already almost halfway there.
Cassie Loveless is representing BC Ambulance’s Ladysmith station on the ride as well.