Riding to Conquer Cancer
By Sonya Chwyl, Communications Coordinator
Over the summer, Lucho Davidov and Ellie McLeod '16 cycled 250km as part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
The two-day event started in Vancouver and ended in Seattle, WA. Ellie, Lucho and Ellie's father John rode as part of Team Finn, a group that raises money for cancer research in the name of Finn Sullivan. Since 2009, the Team Finn Foundation has raised over two million dollars. This year, they raised over $100,000 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. In its nine years of existence, the ride itself has raised over 85 million for cancer research.
This was Lucho's fourth ride, but he says it was quite possibly the best one yet, with beautiful weather and riding conditions.
The ride isn't a race, and participants all go at their own pace. "It's a physical challenge for anyone of average athletic ability, but it's very doable," Lucho says. Luckily, Lucho bikes regularly throughout the year, and didn't have to do much extra training on top of that.
This year, approximately 1700 riders and hundreds of volunteers participated in the ride. Every rider commits to raising at least $2500, but most raise much more. Next year's event is moving to the Fraser Valley, and has been dubbed "the Ride to Hope." Lucho encourages anyone who's interested to consider signing up.
"It's something I'm very proud of and I enjoy doing," says Lucho. "Emotionally, it's an overwhelming experience. You shed a few tears long the way here and there, because everyone has a story, and they're doing it because they want to share that story."
Amazing work Lucho!