Cycle of Hope visits valley

One of Black Press’ own is making strides in support of ALS on a seven-day Cycle of Hope across B.C.

One of Black Press’ own is making strides in support of ALS on a seven-day Cycle of Hope across B.C.

On Wednesday, 12 cyclists will gather in Kamloops and begin their ride, reaching Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos and arriving at the final destination – Keremeos.

“We are a corporate sponsor as it is organized here in Victoria,” said Victoria News publisher Penny Sakamoto. “And, the best part, one of our talented photojournalists, Arnold Lim, is actually a participant, riding all that way.”

Victoria News is a Black Press newspaper, therefore a sister publication to The Morning Star.

Locally, the team will be stopping in Armstrong at the Village Cheese Company Friday at 9:30 a.m. for a pit stop.

There is also a community ride in Kelowna Aug. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Fresh Air Concept (Groves Avenue).

The mission is to raise $50,000 to help families living with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Founded in 2011 by Cindy Lister, this event was born out of love for her father who lost his battle to ALS in 2011. As a tribute to him and with an unwavering strength to share her story, the ALS Cycle of Hope is a way to connect with others coping with this devastating disease.

The riders joining Lister have also been affected by ALS.

The ALS Cycle of Hope is a true reflection of the power of friendship.

Joined together with a mutual understanding and personal experience of what it is like to lose a loved one, this journey is much more than a cycling event. It is a path that heals the heart.

Now in its third year, residents of all ages are getting involved with the ALS Cycle of Hope, wanting to contribute to the cause.

“Last year, a nine-year-old boy raised over $4,000 for ALS Canada and cycled 30km for his uncle,” said Lister.

“He was the youngest participant in our Kelowna community ride and gave me a drawing of a crow with the message: I’m sorry you lost your dad. I hope you end ALS. All we can do is try.

“We just have to try.”

In each community, the ALS Cycle of Hope team is planning to have a special gathering for families who want to connect with the riders.

The ALS Cycle of Hope journey is sponsored by B.C. Tree Fruits and Accent Inns. For more information visit