May 13, 2014 3:56 pm

Okanagan organization hands over big cheque to BC Cancer Foundation

Neetu Garcha / Global Okanagan

KELOWNA — The BC Cancer Foundation estimates more than 500 men in British Columbia will die from prostate cancer this year.

However, the Motorcycle Ride For Dad charity is trying to change that statistic.

Hundreds of men and women will hop on their motorcycles and rev their engines in the hopes of leaving the disease in the dust.

A cheque of $26,085 raised by Motorcycle Ride for Dad over the past year was presented to the BC Cancer Foundation Tuesday.

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With this year’s ride coming up on June 8th, organizers are encouraging people to donate and pledge.

“Ninety-eight per cent of all the monies that we raise stays here in the Okanagan in one way or another,” says Bob Charron with Okanagan Motorcycle Ride for Dad.

“We have a lot of beneficiaries including all of the men that stay here to get treated. They’re seeing the results now, the turnaround is incredible,”

The group has raised over one hundred thousand dollars for the BC Cancer foundation since it started five years ago.

Organizers say the goal is promoting awareness and encouraging more people to talk about and seek help for prostate issues.

To donate or register for the ride, visit: http://www.motorcycleridefordad.ca/

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