Sharon Unger and her professional bicycle.

Sharon Unger and her professional bicycle.

Local Medic Raising Awareness for Cops for Cancer

The Cops for Cancer event is a long bicycle trek that BC Ambulance's Sharon Unger is trying to raise money for.

Building on the success of last year’s Cops for Cancer, Vanderhoof’s Sharon Unger will be riding again to raise money and awareness.

“I heard about for a few years in a row and I wanted to ride,” said Unger. “I lost my dad to cancer so I wanted to give back to the cancer society so I signed up to be the medic.”

Sharon managed to raise $14,500 last year and her team raised $321,000. $1,200 of those dollars are from collecting bottles alone.

Prior to last year’s ride, the longest she ever rode was about 40 kilometres she says. But last year the participants rode 150 kilometres a day, going from Prince George to Prince Rupert.

The life of a rider on the road begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast, then a visit to the nearest school of a child dealing with cancer. The riders encourage the kids to speak out about their disease and hopefully reduce bullying.

“Cops for cancer started because one kid was getting bullied because he had no hair,” said Unger. “So one of the RCMP, he got a bunch of his colleagues and they shaved his head and visited the kid at school saying ‘bald is the new cool.'”

The kids also get to ride in police cruisers or monster trucks and hopefully have an all round great day.

“The community was very supportive last year and I hope that they get on board and support me again. Hopefully, we can raise just as much money or more.”

This year’s route will start at Dawson Creek and end in Williams Lake, a 832 kilometre trip over seven days.