Cancer survivors John Lowe and George Chan stop at the Vernon sign at the north end of town as they cycle through on their Journey for Hope.

Cancer survivors John Lowe and George Chan stop at the Vernon sign at the north end of town as they cycle through on their Journey for Hope.

Grandfathers pedal on a mission

Cancer survivors ride through Vernon on Journey for Hope

Lisa VanderVelde

Morning Star Staff

A pair of grandfathers on bikes sped through Vernon Wednesday on a mission.

A mission of hope.

Cancer survivors John Lowe, 61, and George Chan, 55, both of Vancouver, started their Journey for Hope cycling trip June 1 in Newfoundland and hope to finish their 8,000 kilometre ride in Victoria at the end of August.

“At the start of our journey at Deadman’s Bay, Nfld., we dipped our rear wheels into the Atlantic Ocean and I tied a pink ribbon on my handle bar in support of my cycling friend, Sandra, who is courageously battling breast cancer. Each day before I ride, I look at the pink ribbon and it reminds me of her battle and why I am doing this ride across Canada,” said Lowe.

Their goal is to spread their message that cancer can be beaten as they raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.

For more information about the Journey for Hope story and to donate to the cause, visit the website at www.journeyforhope.ca