Donations have been pouring in since April 8 when 15-year-old Alec d’Entremont announced he was participating in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight children’s cancer.
The support has surprised him.
“I figured maybe a couple hundred dollars would be good,” he said.
“I actually changed my goal. I had put $500. Then I quickly realized that I could really help these kids. I put it a little higher and it has gone higher than I could ever imagine,” he said.
As of May 18, d’Entremont had raised $2,100, surpassing his new goal of $1,000. His national position ranking was 35th and in the province he was first.
His goal distance is 300 kilometres and he suspects he may do more…. If there’s enough time.
“I do also have exams in June, a three-day swim meet and piano exam so I will try my best,” he said.
He says he actually enjoys doing 40- km rides for fun and has participated in two Gran Fondos - one in Ottawa and one in Clare.
Although he doesn’t have a set route, he will be posting his rides on the site.
D’Entremont says he is fundraising because over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.
“Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.”
He says his neighbour, Jessica Robicheau (a survivor), had cancer when she was in high school.
“I felt bad for her. Her friends were having fun in their high school graduation year and she was going through treatments. I could not understand how someone so young could have cancer. It was so unfair.”
In addition to the Great Cycle Challenge, d’Entremont helps with school fundraising as well as the Yarmouth Y Whitecaps.
More about the Great Cycle Challenge
The Great Cycle Challenge started in 2016 and has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events across Canada.
Participants set a personal riding goal and challenge themselves to pedal throughout June to fight kids’ cancer.
Participants from throughout Canada have ridden a total of 3,415,503 kilometres and raised $3,931,602 in support of research to develop treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
Cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Canada, with over 1,400 children diagnosed each year.
Great Cycle Challenge is a national SickKids Foundation fundraising initiative held throughout June.