The Cops for Cancer team presented Theresa Sperger with a crazy quilt from the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild in memory of her late son

The Cops for Cancer team presented Theresa Sperger with a crazy quilt from the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild in memory of her late son

Tears and cheers shared with Cops for Cancer riders

Thunderous roars greeted the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley team at two Aldergrove schools



Thunderous roars greeted the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley team at two Aldergrove schools Thursday morning when the cyclists rolled into the school gyms.

The good cheer and spirit the team brought to hundreds of youths was also tinged with bittersweet poignancy as the assemblies shared recollections of the children who lost their battles with childhood cancer alongside the stories of those who conquered the disease.

Christopher Sperger was a seven year old Shortreed elementary school student when he finally succumbed to his long battle with cancer six years ago. The tour’s first stop Thursday morning was at Shortreed where the assembly commemorated the popular youngster’s memory.

His mother, Theresa, presented each team member with a set of beads, in thanks for their support during his battle with cancer. Christopher had been a junior team member of the Tour de Valley and had thoroughly enjoyed accompanying the cyclists in one of the convoy vehicles.

“It’s very emotional but a good emotion,” Theresa told The Star.

“After six years they still remember him, and share stories about him among themselves. As a mother, you can’t ask for more.”

The team’s next stop was at Aldergrove secondary, where the tour’s official opening ceremonies were held in front of the middle and high school students.

Junior team member Emmily Eckert, 18, of White Rock, received rousing applause from the students as she talked about her eight year involvement with Cops for Cancer. Her battle began with chemo at age five, but she has now been in remission for nine years.

“I have been honoured to be part of the Cops for Cancer for eight years,” said Eckert.

“They have brought hope and joy into a difficult situation, have cheered my miracle, and I am grateful.”

Cops for Cancer captain Chris Rosenberger, who serves with the Canadian Border Services Agency in Aldergrove, also spoke of his own daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer at age two but is now in remission and is a happy little girl starting Kindergarten. He thanked the high school for raising $800 for Cops for Cancer by logging 800 kms on stationary bikes and told the assembly that credit goes out to all youths who have supported the tour with fundraising: “It’s about kids helping other kids.”

Assistant captain Trevor Sales, of Abbotsford City Police, said team volunteers had also shared the Camp Goodtimes experience with young cancer survivors: “It was an absolutely wonderful time; a place where they could be regular kids.”

Since the B.C. run started on Vancouver Island in 1998, Cops for Cancer has expanded into four tours which have raised over $25 million collectively to fund programs and research for children with cancer. There have been growing successes in treatment, as currently 82 per cent of children survive their cancer battles.

All of the Aldergrove schools also held their School Terry Fox Runs on Thursday, following the Cops for Cancer visit.

The Cops for Cancer team is scheduled to pass through White Rock on Friday, Abbotsford on Saturday, Hope on Sunday, Chilliwack on Monday and Mission on Tuesday. They will then ride through Ladner, Tsawwassen, Surrey and North Delta on Wednesday, before returning to Abbotsford on Thursday and Friday.

As of Thursday morning the Tour de Valley has raised more than $200,000 this year.

Visit copsforcancer.ca to make a donation and find out more about Cops for Cancer.

HARRY HUNT PHOTO

Cops for Cancer junior team member Grace Ogilvy with her dad, Dave, a team member and officer with Delta Police.

HARRY HUNT PHOTO

Junior team member Emmily Eckert (right) presented beads to each one of the Cops for Cancer riders Thursday morning.

Just Posted

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

A young couple walks through the Othello Tunnels just outside of Hope. (Jessica Peters/Black Press)
Hope’s Othello Tunnels fully open to the public

Geological testing proved the area safe enough to open for the first time in more than a year

FILE
70 per cent of people aged 12 and older in Agassiz-Harrison have been vaccinated

More than 80 per cent of adults aged 50 and older have been vaccinated, as of June 10

Raeya Evie Duncan was the 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital for the month of May. She is seen here with her parents Alysha Williams and Andrew Duncan on June 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Baby boom in Chilliwack as record number of infants born at CGH in May

‘COVID babies are coming out,’ says dad of 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital last month

Agassiz Agricultural Hall hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Wednesday. District officials reported more than 300 doses are administered per week. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Walk-in COVID vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday

Walk-in appointments available while supplies last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Most Read