Airdrie cyclists riding to Kick Cancer’s Butt

More than 100 cyclists in Airdrie pedal every day to raise money for childhood cancer research.

It’s all part of the Great Cycle Challenge, a national initiative where teams of riders set cycling goals and raise money to help fight childhood cancer.

“There are people who work together in teams like me and my team,” said Airdrie’s Jim Horsfield. “There are a total of 115 riders in Airdrie. To date, we have raised almost $19,000.”

Horsfield’s team, the Airdrie Fit Chasers, raised just over $2,000 of that money this month while cycling more than 360 miles. The team aims to drive 715 km and raise $2,500.

For Horsfield, the ride is more than just a fundraiser, but something personal after he lost his father Fred to cancer in 1971.

Airdrie Fit Chasers officially launched its campaign on August 1 in East Lake Park this year and has taken several rides of varying distances over the past week and a half.

The team hopes to raise even more money on Wednesday during Kick Cancer’s Butt Day.

“Across Canada, all donations will be matched up to $1 million,” Horsfield said.

Kick Cancer’s Butt Day was created by the Great Cycle Challenge in honor of Sadie, a five-year-old girl currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

For more information about the cycling challenge and to support the Airdrie Fit Chasers, please visit the team’s website.

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