Friday, July 12, 2013

Cops For Cancer

 Tofino RCMP Cpl Andrew Waddell to be the first Tofino RCMP Police Officer to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s – COPS FOR CANCER - TOUR DE ROCK
What is Cops for Cancer? Each fall more than 100 law enforcement and emergency services personnel from across BC cycle thousands of kilometers across the province. Schools, organizations, businesses and ordinary people in over 60 BC communities show their support by organizing fundraising events and activities and pledging to raise thousands of dollars. Why? To show families who have a child with cancer that they do not have to face their journey alone.
     This year we’re celebrating 16 years of Cops for Cancer in BC. Since its inception on Vancouver Island in 1998, Cops for Cancer has expanded across the province into four incredibly successful tours which have raised almost $28 million collectively to fund pediatric cancer programs and research.

Tour de Rock is a two week, 1000 km cycling Tour which travels across Vancouver Island from Port Hardy to Victoria. Being part of the Tour is much more than a bike ride. It’s a year of planning, organizing and participating in numerous events throughout the year and working with schools, community groups and the public to raise the much needed funds that help make a difference. Over the years, Tour de Rock has raised over $17 million!
     In 2013, the 16thyear of Cops for Cancer in BC, Tour de Rock will take place from September 21 to October 4.

Cpl Waddell’s Bio: Andrew has been a police officer with the RCMP for 27 years, with service completed in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories & Nunavut, and British Columbia. He is presently in Tofino. Andrew, along with his wife Vicki, and children, Justin and Katelyn, loves to kayak, surf, and partake in the West Coast Life Style.
     Andrew is known locally as Tofino’s “Bike Cop” given his frequent commuting by bicycle. Really, Andrew takes advantage of bike patrol for exercise, a break from the office computer, and to minimize his carbon footprint. He’d prefer to be known as the “Green Cop”!
    Andrew and his family have embraced the goals of the 2013 Cops for Cancer Fund Raising Drive and will be working hard to raise such needed donations. Their drive comes from a family who has been actively engaged in cancer therapy for many years. Andrew started their cancer experience after being diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor. While the tumor is still present, it has been stable for many years and is no longer a cause of concern. Next was Justin, who at 17 months was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Justin completed a 3 year treatment protocol and remains in remission. Today Justin is a healthy 15 year old who has taken the saying “Live to Surf” completely to heart! Vicki has had an early melanoma skin cancer removed as well as a couple of basal cell carcinomas. She sees a dermatologist regularly to keep a close watch on her skin.
     The Waddell family is thankful for established cancer therapies and support agencies they have and will continue to access. They look forward to contributing to the fight for a cure through the Cops For Cancer 2013 Tour.
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