500 Riders / $400,000 Raised - Thank you!

Glotman•Simpson Cycling’s Cypress Challenge Raises over $400,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research in B.C.

Geoff Glotman presenting a cheque for $400,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Glotman Simpson Cycling Club.(Credit: Sorensen Parker Creative)

The Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club's 6th Annual Cypress Challenge raised a record $400,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation in support of groundbreaking research at the BC Cancer Agency's Pancreas Centre BC. The event, presented by Beedie Giving, Britco and KPMG, was a phenomenal success with over 500 riders taking part to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancer types, in part because early detection is difficult. The Canadian average for five-year survival is only 5 per cent, with nearly 600 people in B.C. expected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. With so few survivors to advocate and raise funds, events like the Cypress Challenge are important to help raise awareness and support more research. The Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club is dedicated year round to raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Cypress Challenge is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"Pancreatic cancer is a dreadful disease that has personally impacted many of the Cypress Challenge participants," says Geoffrey Glotman, Event Chair and Managing Principal, Glotman•Simpson Consulting Engineers. "With the growth of the event, we see simultaneous momentum building in pancreatic cancer research with the establishment of the Pancreas Centre BC, a dedicated research body focused on advancing care for people facing pancreatic cancer."

The final total of $400,000 CAD is comprised of 100 per cent of rider registrations, cash sponsorships, donations, silent auction and raffle proceeds. The event was hosted by the Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club and Glotman·Simpson Consulting Engineers, with the support of over 60 volunteers. This brings the total raised over 6 years to over $780,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation.

"Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club's incredible support of pancreatic cancer research means research initiatives with the most promise to improve the lives of those diagnosed with this disease can move ahead" says Douglas Nelson, President & CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.

The Cypress Challenge route from the bottom of Cypress Mountain to the top of Hollyburn's Cross Country area covered 12km at a steady 6.5 per cent grade - which wouldn't be out of place as a hill climb in the Tour de France. A First Peak category saw more novice riders climb 5km to the First Peak Look-out. 

Event photos for media use can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ e0x98rsorab0man/6WD7WZAVaj