North Bay paracylist riding 800km to raise money for children with cancer

NORTH BAY — Kevin McKenna of North Bay certainly won’t let his disability stop him from cycling 500 miles this month to raise money for children with cancer.

“They are children, they are children man. They touch your heart, so it seemed like something important to do, and it’s something that I can do and it feels good to be healthy and give something back to my community and to these kids who are really struggling,” he said. McKenna.

He cycles as part of the Great Cycle Challenge Canada, a nationwide event that takes place every August and encourages people to cycle as far as possible and raise as much money as possible.

All money raised through the Great Cycle Challenge Canada will then be donated to SickKids Foundation.

“The money raised through the Great Cycle Challenge has a national impact,” said Jamie Lamont, director of special events and sponsorships at SickKids Foundation.

“All the money raised goes to the Garron Family Cancer Center at SickKids Foundation and they use it for programming and research and studies that have a national impact across the country.”

Lamont told CTV News that the goal for this year’s event is to raise $9 million dollars.

As for McKenna, his goal is to raise more than $4,000.

“It’s become such a big thing for me because there’s so much support and a lot of people are super interested in what I’m doing,” he said.

“Hand bike attracts a lot of attention, so it’s kind of an advantage for me for my fundraising efforts. So if I stand out like that, I might as well try to use it for a good cause.”

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