August 24, 2016 1:46 am
Updated: August 24, 2016 10:07 am

Kelowna man raises thousands of dollars to help conquer cancer

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KELOWNA, B.C. – Cycling 300 kilometres isn’t easy, but 36-year-old Jay Dowhaniuk is gladly accepting the challenge.

This weekend he will cycle in his third Ride to Conquer Cancer and this year it’s to honour a close friend and a family member who both lost their battle with the disease.

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Dowhaniuk’s aunt passed away from ovarian cancer in June and his friend and business partner Paul Johnson died from pancreatic cancer in January.

“This year is going to be pretty emotional and special,” Dowhaniuk said .

He’s already raised $16,400 for this year’s ride, bringing his three-year fundraising total to more than $30,000.

“Every year seems to mean more and more, as more people I know become affected by cancer.”

Dowhaniuk is part of team Raymond James, a group of nine riders, who have raised $50,000 this year and a grand total of $350,000 since 2009.

Their cycling journey begins in Saturday in Surrey and ends Sunday in Seattle.

“The biggest inspiration are the people who have been affected by cancer are out there riding,” Dowhaniuk said.

All funds raised benefit the BC Cancer Foundation.

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