Cyclists pedal to cure ­pediatric cancer

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Cyclists pedal to cure ­pediatric cancer

Record Staff – A total of 87 cyclists took off on a sunny morning on June 8 to cycle 50 to 80 kilometres for the third edition of the Découverte Sherbrooke route for the Tour CIBC Charles Bruneau and later reconvened at Lucien-Blanchard Park. With a minimum of $500 fundraiser per participant, $51,500 was raised towards research for pediatric cancer. The total amount raised from the province-wide initiatives will be announced on July 5. The Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, now in its 24th edition, has over 10 different routes all over Quebec organized throughout June and July. Each year, over 850 cyclists, 240 volunteers, and 80 families are involved in the province-wide fundraiser. Since the first Tour, held in 1995, the Charles-Bruneau Foundation has raised over $29 M to end pediatric cancer. Roughly $4.5 M was raised in 2018 alone. The organization hopes to surpass that amount this year. The cycling tour also features local “heroes” from every area where a route is located. Sherbrooke’s hero is Enzo Hamel, aged 14, who is originally from Windsor. Hamel is recovering from chondrosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that primarily affects bone, particularly in the pelvis, hips, and the base of the skull. See full story in the Thursday, June 13 edition of The Record.

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