This September, Metro Vancouver Transit Police Sergeant Dal Deol will join other local first responders for the 8-day, 800 km Cops for Cancer: Tour de Coast bike ride that raises money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.
This ride is incredibly important to Dal, who has been deeply affected by cancer in recent years. Several of Dal’s policing colleagues have suffered devastating losses due to cancer, and his young nephew was recently diagnosed with Leukemia.
“In talking to those whose lives have been touched by cancer, I’ve heard nothing but good things about how well they have been treated by our health care professionals,” says Dal. “My nephew’s parents have asked that we help pay it forward. For me, participating in the policing community’s Cops for Cancer was a way to do that. It’s a way that I can help raise funds that help pay forward the feeling of support to other kids and families in need, as well contribute to further research.”
The Cops for Cancer: Tour de Coast will take place September 15 to 22, 2023. All money raised will go toward supporting local families affected by childhood cancer. Funds are directed to life-saving paediatric research and caring support programs like Camp Goodtimes. Dal is hoping to shatter his ambitious goal of raising $35,000.