Motorcycle Ride for Dad launches 2013 Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

The Comox Valley Motorcycle Ride for Dad launched its 2013 Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign.

The Comox Valley Motorcycle Ride for Dad launched its 2013 Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign Wednesday at the Vancouver Island Visitors Centre in Courtenay.

“The 2013 Ride for Dad is shaping up to be our best year yet,” co-chair Sandy Vardy said. “We are thrilled with the continued support we are receiving from our communities in our fight against prostate cancer.”

Since 2008, the ride has raised nearly $200,000 on Vancouver Island. Nearly $35,000 has been donated in the Valley since 2010.

“The Comox Valley has been extremely generous,” co-chair Kevin Langlands said. “We are hopeful that our community will continue to lead the way in fighting this disease.”

A June 8 ride reaches north to Campbell River and south to Parksville.

“We are really excited about our chance to make families aware that this isn’t just a man’s disease,” Vardy said. “This terrible cancer will impact one in seven men and their loved ones. It affects us all.”

Anyone who rides a motorcycle is urged to join the ride, which departs from Driftwood Mall in Courtenay at 9 a.m.

Register at www.motorcycleridefordad.org/chapters/comox.

Pre-register June 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the mall, or from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the day of the ride.

— Comox Valley Motorcycle Ride for Dad