This is Jessica Morgan’s sixth time riding in the annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. (Photo contibuted)

Vernon athletes ride to conquer cancer

Three local fundraisers have been organized in support of the team’s fundraising efforts

Vernon local Jess Morgan will be riding to conquer cancer for the sixth time next month.

When Morgan first participated 2012, she said she just wanted to stay active and healthy. But in 2017, she was confronted with a more personal reason to ride when her father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

This year, Morgan is not alone. She has rallied together a team of local athletes to join her in her efforts for the 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer taking place Aug. 24-25.

The team, dubbed Deez Nuts, named after a local mountain biking trail at Ellison, includes Edward Callender, Aaron Ginsberg, Linda McGrew, Julie Melanson, and Jenny Smith.

“We are all mountain bikers turning to spandex with the same goal in mind – ride to conquer cancer,” said Morgan. “Last year’s event route was modified as the route went through a heavy smoke area in Agassiz and we didn’t make it to Hope so hopefully this year we will make it.”

In an effort to raise their group goal of $15,000, the team has set up a number of Vernon fundraisers. The first takes place Tuesday, July 9 at Triumph Coffee in Vernon, located at 3401 30th Ave. Throughout Tuesday, 15 per cent of profits will be donated to the team.

The second event will take place at Ratio Coffee & Pastry, located at 3101 29th St., on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. for a Waffles and Mimosa’s Brunch. This will include a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $35 and the team is still looking for people to donate silent auction items.

Their last fundraiser will take place Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Little Plum Children’s Boutique in Vernon, located at 3014 30th Avenue. The team will garner 50 per cent of consignment and EiraBear Creations sales throughout the day. Little Plum owner Linda has also offered to match consignors’ in-store credits dollar-for-dollar when they donate to her fundraising amount.

As of Friday, July 5, the team has raised nearly $4,500, 29 per cent, of their $15,000 goal.

Related: Vernon resident finds a new reason to participate in the 10th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer

Related: Vernon’s Byrnes cycling for cancer

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.



Follow me on Twitter @BrieChar
Email me brieanna.charlebois@vernonmorningstar.com
Like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Quintet jazzes it up in Vernon

Justin Glibbery group brings twist of jazz and pop

Tribute hails Holly at Lumby Winter Dance Party

Feb. 3, 1959 was “The Day the Music Died,” but it’s coming back Feb. 1, 2020

Penticton, Vernon hockey legends to be inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

Vernon’s Eric Brewer and a record-breaking Penticton Vees team will join the HOF July 24

Vernon parent sounds alarm over ketamine and pill parties

RCMP have been notified and are investigating

Man missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Trans-Canada closed east of Golden due to avalanche hazard

The highway is estimated to reopen around 7 p.m.

Penticton Indian Band stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

“We’ve lived in this area for 10,000 years, and our knowledge is being disregarded…” - Chad Eneas.

UPDATE: Vernon’s Caetani Centre travelogue sold out

Executive Director Susan Brandoli will share photos of Caetani family’s place of origin

Former Hells Angels associate in Kelowna court on gun, drug charges

Former Angels associate Dale Habib appears in Kelowna court

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

Most Read