Save Your Skin wants to give a big shoutout to Nicholas Petroff, Madi Tani, and Lydia Mah, for wearing our jerseys in last weekends BC Ride to Conquer Cancer! These riders braved wind and rain, dodging fallen trees and power lines, all in the name of raising money for cancer research! Thank you Nicholas, Lydia and Madi!
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
If you’re looking to donate to a great cause while applauding a feat of strength, now is the time to pledge Nicholas Petroff in his Ride to Conquer Cancer!
On August 29th-30th, Nicholas will be cycling from Vancouver to Redmond, Washington, sporting a vibrant Save Your Skin jersey! This will be the first year that Nicholas cycles the entire 200+ km route, and he is excited to cycle the beautiful West Coast in support of the BC Cancer Foundation.
When I asked what inspired him to register for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, Nicholas told me, “I love cycling and I love people, but I don’t love cancer”. Like many of us, Nicholas has several people that he could be riding in the name of, and this list includes Kathy Barnard, Founder of Save Your Skin. Everyone has a reason to participate in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, and Nicholas is hoping to find more riders to sport the Save Your Skin jersey next year, making the joke that his team name is “Whose on Team Save Your Skin?” and urging cyclists to “get their bikes dusted and sign up!”.
Even if you aren’t able to ride, Nicholas urges everyone who can to get involved in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, as a rider, volunteer, or a cheerleader along the route.
It’s not too late to participate this year- help Nicholas reach his fundraising goal of $4, 000! Click here to make a donation online!