Langley RCMP constables Aaron Kehler and Jason Ryan were among the Cops for Cancer riders who presented Teresa Sperger with a memorial quilt at a special assembly of the students of Shortreed Elementary school during the ride's stop on Tuesday morning

A Quilt for Warm Memories from Cops for Cancer

Cops for Cancer riders presented Teresa Sperger with a memorial quilt at a special assembly of the students of Shortreed Elementary school



Langley RCMP constables Aaron Kehler and Jason Ryan were among the Cops for Cancer riders who presented Teresa Sperger with a memorial quilt at a special assembly of the students of Shortreed Elementary school during the ride’s stop on Tuesday morning, Sept. 30.

The quilt, made by the members of the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild, honors the memory of the late Christopher Sperger, a Shortreed student and cancer patient who passed away seven years ago at the age of seven.

Teresa Sperger also presented memorial strings of beads to the Cops for Cancer riders and thanked them for their support during Christopher’s illness.

Cops for Cancer riders handed out team cards at a special assembly of the students of Shortreed Elementary school during the ride’s stop on Tuesday morning, Sept. 30.

Teresa Sperger presented Cops for Cancer rider A. Sergeant Sarah Swallow of Delta Police Department with memorial beads and a hug at the riders’ stop at Shortreed Elementary school on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

In photo: Cops for Cancer riders presented a quilt to a Shortreed Elementary school student to give to her twin sister who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. (Harry Hunt photo)

Trio of Langley riders join Cops for Cancer Fraser Valley tour

Over the Labour Day long weekend, three Langley police officers joined dozens of other law enforcement in the 160 km Century Ride, in training for the upcoming Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley, which started Sept. 11.

It’s a mandatory ride for all law enforcement taking in this year’s gruelling Cops for Cancer tour from Tsawwassen to Boston Bar.

They rode through Langley on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Their first school in Langley is a memorial stop at Shortreed Elementary, where young Christopher Sperger once attended.

The Aldergrove boy was a junior member of the Cops for Cancer during his battle with the terrible disease. He died from cancer several years ago, but his mother Teresa meets the officers each year at his school.

“When children are going through cancer treatment, they are given their beads for each treatment or surgery they do.

“The riders will be given a bead at their memorial stop at Shortreed. It’s a very emotional moment,”  said Langley RCMP Const. Craig van Herk, who is once again Cops for Cancer Tour organizer. He is part of the support crew who go along for the nine days.

But van Herk rode for many years before that, and had a personal connection with Sperger, keeping a picture of them together in his office at the detachment as a constant reminder of why he does what he does and why Cops for Cancer is so important.

The riders made stops at four Langley schools and take time to speak to students about why they ride.

Reaching out to students is an important component of what they do and the strike left it all in limbo until very recently, said van Herk.

The money they raise helps fund leading edge pediatric cancer research and caring support programs operated by the Society, like Camp Goodtimes.

All officers do their own fundraising, from barbecues to car washes.

Langley RCMP Const. Jason Ryan, Const. Aaron Kehler and Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement officer Randy Fullerton are part of this year’s ride.

Since 1997, Cops for Cancer in B.C. has raised more than $32 million, allowing the society to directly fund childhood cancer research and support programs.

To donate or to learn more go to: Copsforcancerbc.ca

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