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Story and photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

August 15, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – I’d be lying to you if I told you that it didn’t bring a tear to my eye when being told stories about how cancer has touched someone’s life. In my opinion, the ‘c’ word has probably touched every person’s life in one way or another. Even mine.

The wonderful people, young and old, who participate in charity events such as Cops for Cancer are no exception. It’s not about who participates in these fantastic events, either, or where you stand in society. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. We are all in this together.

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Kevin Nunn hosts the ‘Boot camp for Donation’ – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

These sorts of events are held in the community because the meaning behind them is what brings people together. It becomes personal, and in this case, cancer is the reason for the event. People don’t have to be prompted to come out and join in, or to donate towards the cause because people just want to do it. They doit out of the goodness of their loving hearts.

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Kevin Nunn shows his participants how an exercise is done – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

On Wednesday afternoon, Kevin Nunn who is one of the Tour de Rock riders this year, put on a ‘boot camp by donation’ for the Cops for Cancer tour outside of SJ Willis school.  Members from the Saanich Braves Junior B hockey team, as well as their Coach Brad Cook were some of the participants in attendance. No one had to push them into it, or bribe them into coming out, they just wanted to contribute.

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The Braves are having a good time with this – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

Brad Cook knows what it’s like to be a good citizen and a good person who had learned those skills early in life. He now teaches those characteristics to his young team. He teaches them how they can help the community by joining in fund raising events in any way that they can. Cancer has also touched Brad’s life as he himself has watched two of his friends and former teammates pass away from the disease (Josh Kerner and Alan Logue).

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A Saanich Brave player leads the way – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

Joe Perkins from CTV was on hand to join in and participate in a little relay activity with the other participants. Joe will be one of the riders on the tour this year and he had a good time getting in there and working up a sweat, as cancer has also touched his life. But that isn’t the only reason he is participating.

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All the players who participated in the boot campPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

The Tour de Rock runs deep in the community and it didn’t take much coaxing for Joe to get himself involved. Joe puts on a brave face while discussing his seventeen year old junior rider who had battled cancer and has now beaten it. He tells ISN owner, Scott Harrigan that they have four people on the tour this year who either have cancer themselves or have kids with the dreaded disease.

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This participant gives it all he’s got with a smilePhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

It is absolutely amazing how brave and unselfish these people are; the riders, as well as the ones they are riding for. I admire and thank each and every one of them. Kristie Carlson is another wonderful person who worked up a sweat at the camp on Wednesday. Kristie does a lot of charity work in the community and absolutely loves it. Of course, she too has been touched by cancer because both her grandparents had died from the disease.

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Kristie Carlson works hard at one of the stationsPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

Christie had an amazing story that she shared with ISN owner, Scott Harrigan.  One of Kristie’s friends, Erin Gibbs was diagnosed only because she had been hit in the neck by a baseball and since the bruise refused to heal, a biopsy was taken. I myself have heard of similar stories of wonderment. Still, people do survive it and I like to keep a positive attitude when it comes to this subject. People do survive, it is not a death sentence any longer. Let’s not stop fighting!

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Brad Cook sets a good example for his teamPhoto by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Joe Perkins does a great job – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)