Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Duncan McRae said he raised a "measly" $7,000, compared to the other riders in his Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast team.
But that $7,000 was added into a pile of other money collected, and all together, the 24 police officers on the team - RCMP, West Vancouver police, North Vancouver police, and Vancouver police - raised $180,000. That money will go to the Canadian Cancer Society to help research into pediatric cancers.
Some of the money also goes to Camp Goodtimes, a retreat for sick children that takes place at Loon Lake in north Maple Ridge.
This is the first time McRae has ridden in the 900-kilometre Cops for Cancer fundraising bike tour that is held every September.
McRae's inspiration came from a friend in her late 30s who was fighting skin cancer.
"When I joined [the team], I joined it with her alive," said McRae. But shortly after, "she succumbed to it."
This was the first close friend he lost to cancer. "In the end, we're all touched by cancer," McRae said.
During the ride, businesses and organizations have been generous, donating food and services.
To save money, the Tour de Coast riders even spent a night at the Girl Guides' facility, Camp Olav, sleeping in very narrow beds, McRae said.
"It's money we don't have to spend pulling out of money we've raised," he said.
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