Jody Brin will ride in the Big Ride to help conquer cancer which involves an epic pedal from Banff

Campbell River rider anxious to get back in the Big Ride

The Big Ride is its long-haul charity ride to raise funds aimed at cancer prevention research from the Canadian Cancer Society

Campbell River resident Jody Brin will once again take on The Big Ride, an epic ride from Banff to Boulder for cancer prevention research.

Following a two-year hiatus, the GiveToLive Foundation is bringing back The Big Ride. The Big Ride is its long-haul charity ride to raise funds aimed at cancer prevention research from the Canadian Cancer Society.

This two-week journey of a lifetime will take up to 60 participants on a relay-style cycle from Banff, Alberta to Boulder, Colorado. The ride kicks off on Sept. 14 and wraps up on Sept. 28. Riders will pedal through some of the most beautiful landscape in North America, passing through the Alberta Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, Yellowstone and the Colorado Rockies.

Brin is a returning participant who first joined The Big Ride in 2010 as an inexperienced rider. Along with others from across the country, the Campbell Riverite overcame anxieties by pushing her own physical limits, meeting new people and contributing in the fight against Cancer.

“The last time I rode it was hard, I was scared, I knew no one. After recent struggles loved ones have faced with cancer,” Jody said “I can’t wait to get back. The route will be amazing.”

Participants in The Big Ride in years past have come from all walks of life with various levels of cycling experience. Some, with relatively little experience but motivated to contribute in the fight against cancer, experience a breakthrough physical challenge.

Others come with significant biking experience and a motivation to help others while climbing some of the best mountains in North America.

Riders must raise a minimum of $5,000, be capable of cycling 100 kms a day, and

arrange transport to and from the event. GIVETOLIVE strives to keep costs at a minimum in order to maximize donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. Our goal for the 2013 Big Ride is to raise at least $400,000 to fund innovative research on preventing cancer through exercise.

“Like the Canadian Cancer Society, GIVETOLIVE has incredible supporters and participants, who are committed to encouraging others to live healthy lifestyles and preventing unnecessary illness and suffering,” said Barbara Stead Coyle, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia Division. “The Society is very thankful GIVETOLIVE recognizes the importance of our mission work, and we look forward to partnering with them to change cancer forever.”

GIVETOLIVE will donate the funds raised in The Big Ride to the Canadian Cancer

Society (www.cancer.ca). GIVETOLIVE has been changing lives and encouraging giving since 2007. During this time, GIVETOLIVE has raised more than $1.5 million for the Canadian Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Canada (www.ovariancanada.org), Livestrong (www.laf.org), Craig’s Cause for Pancreatic Cancer (www.craigscause.ca), Cystic Fibrosis (www.cysticfibrosis.ca) and Brigadoon Village (www.brigadoonvillage.org).

GIVETOLIVE is dedicated to ending unnecessary disease and illness by inspiring people to lead healthy and happy lives through exercise, altruism, and achieving the extraordinary. Learn more at www.givetolive.ca or join their Facebook Group.