Bryan Kinney cycling to raise money for cancer research
By Christine Palka
Criminology professor Bryan Kinney is taking a cycling trip in the Pacific region this summer for a good cause: The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer encourages cyclists to join together to help raise funds to support life-saving research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. The funds raised will have a direct impact on cancer patients living in British Columbia and beyond.
Kinney aims to raise $5,000 for the cause, a portion of the overall $25,000 goal for the SFU cycling team he is heading up. It’s a cause that is close to Kinney’s heart as a cancer survivor. In 2002, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), an aggressive type of blood cancer uncommon in adults. Kinney was fortunate to go into remission on the first cycle of chemotherapy, and has remained cancer free since.
However, like many affected by cancer, his mother and uncle were not so lucky.
“I’m riding in honour of my mother, Francis Kinney, and my uncle, Larry Weibe – both lost to cancer. Larry survived the first string of battles in the 1980s, but lost to the last round only a few short years ago. My mum succumbed to her first diagnosis and passed away approximately twenty years ago,” said Kinney.
Weibe was also part of the SFU community, working for many years in the Faculty of Education.
“I’m especially proud to be leading the SFU cycling team. SFU, and the School of Criminology particularly, took excellent care of me when I was diagnosed with Leukemia,” said Kinney.
“Cancer is too big of a disease to ignore. I have, like nearly everyone I know, lost friends and colleagues to cancer. By riding in this event we are doing something about it. We’re rolling closer and closer to the end of cancer.”
To support Kinney and the SFU Team with a monetary donation, visit Dr. Bryan Kinney’s Personal Page.
To date, The Ride to Conquer Cancer has helped raise over $59.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation, a fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency.