Taking on Cypress Mountain in honour of his father

Chris Duggan, (pictured) will be taking on the Cypress Challenge in honour of his father, Wilf.

Chris Duggan, (pictured) will be taking on the Cypress Challenge in honour of his father, Wilf.


Chris Duggan remembers his father as someone who appreciated the little joys each day had to offer.

“Wilf was someone who enjoyed life – his family, his garden, candy, woodworking and being active,” says Chris. “He loved to sing and dance and would always be the first one on a dance floor.”

He says his father’s positive demeanour even shone through his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

“He handled his diagnosis with courage and, as always, a few jokes,” says Chris. “He had a very irreverent sense of humour.”

Wilf passed away from the disease in 2006. To honour his memory, Chris will be taking part in the 11th Annual Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge this summer, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation and pancreatic cancer research at BC Cancer.

Along with hundreds of others, Chris will challenge himself to cycle up Cypress Mountain to help change the outcomes for others facing the disease across the province.    

This year, nearly 800 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; 75% of these patients won’t survive the first year, and less than 10% will survive five years.

“It’s an opportunity to fundraise and make sure there is a better outcome,” says Chris. “This is a disease that has caused so much grief for the young and old alike.”

Since 2008, Cypress Challenge has raised over $2.5 million towards finding solutions and enabling experts at BC Cancer to better understand and treat pancreatic cancer, bringing hope to families across B.C.

An avid cyclist, Chris is also looking forward to the comradery the event brings.

“It’s truly inspiring to spend the day in the company of so many people who, like me, are remembering a loved one they lost,” he says. “It’s close to all of our hearts.”