Rita Reeve knows firsthand how cancer can impact a family.
Her sister-in-law was diagnosed with throat cancer, her three year old niece is currently undergoing
treatment for brain cancer, and she also lost a brother to colon cancer.
To honour them all, Rita is taking part in the 11th Annual Glotman • Simpson Cypress Challenge on
Sunday, August 12 where she will trek up Cypress Mountain along with hundreds of other cyclists.
The event benefits the BC Cancer Foundation and pancreatic cancer research taking place at BC Cancer.
Since 2008, it has raised over $2.5 million towards finding solutions and enabling experts to better
understand and treat pancreatic cancer, providing hope to families across the province facing the
“We are obviously struggling with cancer across our family,” says Rita. “Although it’s not pancreatic in
particular, I want to do what I can to contribute to cancer research and that has motivated me to take
on this event and dedicate my efforts to them.”
She is also looking at the event as a personal challenge, and says the day itself brings people together who share the common bond of a cancer connection.
“You hear other people’s stories and share camaraderie at an event like this,” she says. “The emotions flow and people come together for a good cause.”