Lloydminster’s “winged warrior” Jarrod Russell will be flying around town on his recumbent bicycle again this summer to raise money to fight kids’ cancer.
The 42 year-old brain cancer survivor has signed up for the Great Cycle Challenge for the third consecutive year with plans to ride over 1,000 kilometres in June while raising money through pledges and donations.
He’s already raised $500 toward his 2018 goal to equal or exceed the $10,000 mark.
“This Lloydminster’s bike challenge boy is back again and ready for a wonderful third year of biking,” said Russell in an email from Hawaii where he’s on vacation.
Russell is also planning to hold his second annual Wings of the Warrior Golf Tournament to kick off his month of daily rides in June and raise additional funds.
He’ll have more details on how to register for the tournament when he returns soon after recharging his batteries.
“This winter I am training on a stationary bike that I am putting a lot a miles on then after that I go swimming, and walking the beaches of Hawaii (Maui),” he said.
He said he hopes to add to the $56,375 he has raised for the SickKids Foundation the past two years as the top fundraiser in Canada in the cycle challenge.
He’s pedalled more than 2,057 kilometres around town with his rides logged and mapped on the cycle challenge app.
Russell beat cancer when he was just a kid, but is quick to point out for some children the battle rages on.
He is motivated to help find a cure with the purpose of the cycle challenge being to kick cancer’s butt as the SickKids Foundation puts it.
“Please donate now and support my challenge to fight kids’ cancer,” said Russell on his donation and sponsorship account on the greatcyclechallenge.ca website.
The Foundation notes funded research has helped increase childhood cancer survival rates to over 80 per cent, but the goal is to achieve a 100 per cent cure rate with healthy survivors.
Cancer is the leading cause of death of children in the Canada.