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Aldergrove family unites against lung disease

Aldergrove residents, the Danek family, joined more than 200 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia

Aldergrove residents, the Danek family, joined more than 200 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia, September 8-9, for the B.C. Lung Association’s 28th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath.

This was mom Norene Danek’s ninth time participating in the popular two-day, 200 km ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back, to raise funds in support of vital lung health research and initiatives. She was joined by husband Rick and daughters Sheila and Chelsea, who served as event volunteers and cheered mom on.

So far the 2012 event has raised more than $200,000, contributing to the total $5.5 million raised during the event’s 28 year lifespan. Post-event fund-raising continues until October 1, and organizers hope the final tally to reach $250,000.  The Daneks have contributed more than $2,000 to the overall total this year alone, in addition to thousands more over the years.

According to organizers, it is because of the tireless efforts of B.C. Lung Association supporters like the Daneks that the annual Bike Trek continues to thrive. A quiet phenomenon which began more than two decades ago, the grassroots event has built up over time and serves as a reunion for many ‘trekkers’ who return multiple times. Some riding this past weekend have been coming for 25 years.

“We have many Trekkers who return after year,” says organizer Kate Jarvis. “The event has a real family feel with less fanfare than other, bigger commercial fund-raisers but with a lot of heart and soul. It’s a grassroots affair that has grown over time – and there is a true sense of community amongst participants, many of whom meet here once a year and share in the spirit of giving back.”

For more information or to make a donation in support of the B.C. Lung Association call 604-731-5864 or toll free at 1-800-665-5864 (outside Greater Vancouver), email info@bc.lung.ca or visit www.bc.lung.ca

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