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West Van’s Spin Sisters opt for donations as Christmas presents
Instead of presents under the Christmas tree this year, Esmee Ingham is asking for donations to the BC Cancer Foundation in honour of her grandpa and aunt.
Along with eight close friends and family members, she’s taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the second time as a member of Team Spin Sisters, which now includes a couple “misters.”
The close-knit team will cycle 300 miles on rural country roads in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains over two days in June while raising money for cancer research.
Last year they collected nearly $40,000 in honour of loved-ones who have suffered from cancer, including Ingham’s Grandpa Silvio, who passed away in November last year, and her Aunt Kelly, who was diagnosed with cancer and has an impressive goal of taking part in the ride this spring.
“My aunt has Stage 3B lung cancer, it’s a very vigorous type of cancer. She’s going really well, which is fantastic,” says the athletic 21-year-old from West Vancouver, who used to compete internationally in dressage, a type of horseback riding.
Giving a donation to a team makes a great Christmas present, Ingham adds.
She says dozens of North Shore residents have already signed up for the ride so donors will likely know a participant or can find one at conquercancer.ca.
Team Spin Sisters fundraises all year and each member has to collect $2,500 to participate in the ride. Since 2009, thousands of cyclists have raised $50 million for the BC Cancer Foundation.
“I’ve met so many inspiring people, it’s been incredible,” Esmee fondly recalls.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is hosting an open house in West Vancouver on Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1473 Clyde Ave. There will an opportunity to register and meet fellow cyclists from the North Shore.