The Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast rolled into Maple Ridge on Tuesday, making stops at Thrifty Foods, Meadowridge School, Thomas Haney secondary, Samuel Robertson Technical and the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment.
The tour featured 30 cyclists, including Cnst. Fred Miller of Ridge Meadows RCMP.
Cnst. Miller decided to take part in the tour because he has lost family members to the disease. He is also riding in support of Cnst. Mike Pedrosa, another member of the Ridge Meadows RCMP who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2010. Pedrosa went through eight rounds of chemotherapy and was free of seizures until Sept. 7. An MRI revealed another mass in his previous tumor site.
He was scheduled for brain surgery on Wednesday.
A friend of the Pedrosas has set up a Go Fund Me page (https://www.gofundme.com/mikeandidapedrosa).
Casey Wright, a Grade 10 student at Thomas Haney secondary, was participating in the Maple Ridge portion of the tour. Wright was diagnosed with a brain tumor as an infant. He has undergone multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy.
In February 2013, Wright had brain surgery at B.C. Children’s Hospital and medical staff were able to remove the tumor.
However, Wright suffered a stroke in the weeks following the surgery that paralyzed his right side and he had to learn how to swallow, speak and walk again.
Doctors told him he is now 95 per cent cancer-free.