the beginning of cypress challenge
The Cypress Challenge began in 2007, organized by Glotman•Simpson Cycling Club, and a group of friendly cyclists who wanted to promote a positive image for the sport.
The dedication to find a cure for pancreatic cancer began with Geoff Glotman, an avid cyclist, who was looking for a way to give back to the community. Geoff's mother-in-law had passed away of the disease giving his family a personal connection to the cause. With so few survivors to advocate for research and funding, the Cypress Challenge was established to raise awareness and support with the hope that more funds for research will lead to improved outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.
"Pancreatic cancer is the second most common gastrointestinal malignancy and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in North America. It affects both men and women. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, approximately 3,400 Canadians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer yearly. In British Columbia, approximately 480 new cases are diagnosed each year. The mortality rate is virtually identical to the incidence rate. Only 1-4% of pancreatic cancer patients survive at five years after diagnosis." (bcpcrnet.ca)
The Cypress Challenge is an annual event for cyclists to challenge themselves on Vancouver's premier hill climb while supporting a good cause. Organized by members of the Glotman•Simpson Cycling Club, community supporters and volunteers, 100% of the money we raise goes to the BC Cancer Foundation.
A RECORD-BREAKING 2016
The 2016 Cypress Challenge hosted a record 750 riders and raised an amazing $400,000 to propel research initiatives with the most promise to improve the lives of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in British Columbia.
The Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge is the largest privately funded fundraising event for pancreatic cancer in Canada, and the largest community-based event for BC Cancer Foundation.
Over the past nine years, the Cypress Challenge has raised $2 million for the BC Cancer Foundation in support of pancreatic cancer research in B.C. This incredible event has built a strong momentum to transform the pancreatic cancer landscape here in our province, such as helping to establish Pancreas Centre BC in 2012, a dedicated research body focused on advancing care for people facing pancreatic cancer.