On Sunday August 11th, over 700 cyclists trekked up Cypress Mountain for the Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge and raised $569,000 – a record fundraising amount for the event – to help change the outcome for British Columbians facing pancreatic cancer.

The 12th annual event benefited the BC Cancer Foundation in support of vital research at BC Cancer into one of the deadliest cancers facing Canadians today.

“To the hundreds of cyclists who sweated their way to the top of Cypress Mountain, we thank you for your tremendous efforts,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. “You are providing new hope to families impacted by pancreatic cancer in our community and across the province, and for that you should be extremely proud.”

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect at an early stage and is often resistant to treatment. It’s projected that for the over 800 people in British Columbia who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, only 10 per cent (or 80 people) will live five years.

Although pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer in Canada, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death after lung, breast in women, colorectal, and prostate in men.

Since 2008, the Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge has raised nearly $3.5 million towards finding solutions and enabling the experts at BC Cancer to better understand and treat pancreatic cancer.

“We are all coming together not only to raise funds to change the outcome for this awful disease, but we are also raising awareness on how important it is to support this cause,” says Geoffrey Glotman, Managing Principal at Glotman•Simpson Group of Companies.  

To learn more, visit www.cypresschallenge.com