Cypress Challenge Update: Help Paralympian Donovan Tildesley reach his Cypress Challenge goal

Help Paralympian Donovan Tildesley reach his Cypress Challenge goal to advance care for pancreatic cancer patients

Donovan recounts the day he learned of his father’s diagnosis…

On April 25, 2015, I received some news that would rock my world. My father, Dr. Hugh Tildesley, told me that he had been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. We all knew the prognosis was ultimately fatal – it was just a question of how much longer he had to live.

On August 14 Donovan, who is blind, will climb Cypress Mountain on a tandem bike with his guide Ryan, in honour of his father.

Throughout my entire life, my dad was always one of my biggest supporters, mentors, and friends. He put me on skis for the first time at the age of three, and coached me to four Paralympic Games and five medals in the sport of swimming.

Riding 12 km up a mountain for the Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge – on a tandem bicycle no less – will definitely be a test. I know it would have made my dad proud!


The BC Cancer Agency played an integral role in his dad’s treatment. Dr. Dan Renouf, his primary oncologist, was there every step of the way.

You can help Donovan reach his $10,000 goal and the Cypress Challenge reach an incredible $2 million this year to give hope to patients facing pancreatic cancer tomorrow. 


Early bird registration ends August 8th

For those that haven't registered yet, please note that individual entry for the event is by a suggested minimum early bird donation of $25 before August 8th, or a suggested minimum donation of $40 from August 8th forward.


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