The first word that comes to Kristine Thody’s mind when describing her mother Elaine is ‘feisty.’
“She has always been someone who is constantly on the go,” says Kristine. “She likes to quilt, spend
time with her family and travel.”
Elaine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2017.
To honour her, Kristine will be taking part in the 11th Annual Glotman • Simpson Cypress Challenge on
Sunday, August 12 where she will join hundreds of other cyclists as they climb Cypress Mountain to
provide hope for other families facing the disease.
She has currently fundraised over $9,000 this year and knows firsthand the importance of supporting
the cause. Since 2017, she has raised over $20,000.
“It’s so important to provide researchers with the resources they need to dedicate to this disease,” she
says. “Knowing that my fundraising efforts are going to make an impact on others is what drives me for the long term. I know the dollars I raise will help someone else’s family.”
Nearly 800 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. Since 2008, the
Cypress Challenge has raised over $2.5 million towards finding solutions and enabling experts at BC
Cancer to better understand and treat pancreatic cancer.
For Kristine, the significance of continuing to help fuel further advancements in research and care is not lost on her.
“When my mother was diagnosed, she was given 6 - 9 months to live,” says Kristine. “We’re currently at
about 18 months now.”