Vanier teacher Andrew Young is preparing for the Ride to Conquer Cancer next summer.

Vanier teacher offers donation option for Giving Tuesday

Andrew Young is among those gearing up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer

Scott Stanfield

Record Staff

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday promote the commercial aspect of the holidays, Giving Tuesday (Dec. 2) enables charities, companies and individuals to collectively support non-profits and Canadians who support their communities.

The annual Ride to Conquer Cancer exemplifies the new movement. Benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation, the two-day event in August has cyclists riding from Vancouver to Seattle. Courtenay resident Andrew Young is among those gearing up for the 200-plus kilometre fundraising journey.

A teacher at Vanier Secondary, Young has been cycling to work in the Valley since 1999. He has decided to use his passion for cycling to help recognize the struggle of some important people.

He will be riding Aug. 29 and 30 for friends and colleagues Jodie Zuccato and Barry Walker, both of whom have cancer. Both also taught Young’s son, Noah. He is also riding for Dulcie Rogers, another colleague stricken with the disease.

In October, Young’s partner Vicki lost her 15-year-old son to an intense battle with cancer. Charlie Petrie was diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma in April and spent the better part of six months at BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“Vicki never wavered,” Young said. “She was steadfastly by Charlie’s side, always remaining positive and hopeful. So I’m riding to honour the memory of Charlie and for his family at this most tragic time in their lives.”

Cancer has also affected Young’s parents. His mother Sally is a survivor, but his father Doug succumbed to the disease in 2010.

Young has already raised $3,716 — 74 per cent of a $5,000 target — through donations from co-workers, friends and contacts. Proceeds go towards research, and cancer treatment and education.

To help Young reach his fundraising target, visit conquercancer.ca, click on BC, click Join Us, then click Donate and enter his name.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

2020 Hornby Island trade tokens of sentimental value only

The Hornby Island Token Project is in its third and final year,… Continue reading

Box containing hundreds of family photos found in Courtenay returned to rightful owner

Local media sources collaborate to solve family photos mystery

Two Comox Valley groups share annual Project Watershed award

Keep It Living Award given to Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust

ATV crash at bottom of Mount Washington sends two to hospital

Two people were hospitalized following an ATV (all terrain vehicle) accident shortly… Continue reading

Game on! Outdoor pickleball season starts up in the Comox Valley

Comox Valley Pickleball Association members Evie MacDonald and Donny Cruickshank (near court)… Continue reading

BC Ferries losing up to $1.5 million each day as pandemic tanks ridership

The company does not qualify for the wage subsidy

Comox Valley business map offers information on local eateries, grocery stores and more

Search and click for hours and services offered during the COVID-19 pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

RCMP told of alleged assault in Courtenay hours after the fact

Police only made aware of possible attack through social media posts

Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks to reopen to day-use visitors June 1

All national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas have been closed for weeks

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

Book will be a fairy tale for kids and benefit those particularly affected by the pandemic

Tahsis opens its gates to visitors to save local economy

Seasonal local businesses that rely on tourism hope to survive despite drop in tourist numbers

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Most Read