The Save Your Skin Foundation is pleased to introduce two more riders that will be sporting our jerseys in the upcoming BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, mother-daughter team Lydia Mah and eighteen year-old Madison Tani!
The pair have been training since June in anticipation of the two day trek from Vancouver to Redmond, Washington. At 200+ kilometres, this will be the longest cycling trip either of them has ever done. “It will be a challenge,” Lydia told me, “but nothing like the challenge cancer patients face.” The pair are riding for friends who are currently fighting cancer and those who have passed away, whom Lydia believes are “a reminder that we need to continue to fight for a cure”. They are also riding for cancer survivors, such as Save Your Skin Founder, Kathy Barnard- and have already fundraised over $2, 500 each to support melanoma research.
Surprisingly, considering her age, this is not the first time Madison has raised money for cancer research. In grade nine, Madison and four friends raised over $10, 000 for paediatric cancer research by shaving their heads, and donating the hair to be used in wigs. “I’m very proud of her,” Lydia told me of Madison, “Not many kids that age would be willing to do what they did.” While Lydia believes that “everyone has to find their own way” to give back, you can support this awesome duo by helping them fundraise more for melanoma research, cheering them on along the course, or crossing your fingers for good weather!
Click here to access to Lydia and Madi’s fundraising page.
Photo by Gord Goble as seen in the Delta Optimist
Written by Taylor