Victoria firefighters departed on a bike ride early Wednesday morning, riding for Chloe.
Victoria firefighter Todd Thompson’s daughter Chloe was recently diagnosed with cancer. She’s receiving treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital, which was also the final destination for the cycling firefighters.
“The main thing is that we want to go over there and show our support. It’s very important for Chloe to know, for Todd to know that if they need anything we’re there for them that’s what it’s all about.” said firefighter Jeffrey Cullen.
The group of 17, along with vehicle escorts from the Victoria Fire Department and Victoria police, made their way to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. But this group of firefighters are no stranger to lengthy rides. For the past three years, they’ve participated in the ride to conquer cancer, raising over $300,000.
“Life’s precious and at any given time, it can affect anyone. Cancer’s not prejudiced. It seems to affect all walks of life and for us, it’s just important to keep this passionate initiative moving forward.” said Cullen.
Todd, who has been apart of the Ride to Conquer Cancer team, is over with Chloe in Vancouver. And his fellow firefighters made their way to YVR to join them
“It’s an acknowledgment of their support for a fellow firefighter and certainly is representative of the kind of family atmosphere that we promote,” said Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce.
“When one person is struggling everybody comes together and I think that’s a model for how we want to live in community,” added Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.
The group reached the hospital early in the afternoon, embracing Chloe and Todd and presenting them with a donation. Anyone else wishing to donate can do so on the GoFundMe page that’s already raised over $45,000.