An 84-year-old Nanaimo man will pedal 750 kilometres in his effort in the battle against childhood cancer.
Trevor Cradduck is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge Canada in August, with a goal to log a lot of kilometres and raise $3,000, all in the name of Sick Kids Foundation. The challenge will see Cradduck recording bike mileage, trying to reach his targets.
While the retired medical physicist said the kids are the reason he is taking part in the challenge, he has been affected by cancer, which also served as inspiration.
“My cousin in Britain suffered from a cancer that debilitated him for several months in hospital some years ago … also the fact that my early career, I started work at Toronto General Hospital, which is right next door to [the Hospital for Sick Children], so I have a bit of an affinity to that,” said Cradduck.
While the goal is for 750 kilometres, he has cycled longer distances for the challenge in the past.
“I guess last year I did something like 1,300 kilometres in the month … I’m 84 and I figured, well I should set my target a little lower, even if I try to raise the same amount of money,” Cradduck said with a laugh. “If I go past it, well that’s good.”
Cradduck said he tries to ride between 25-35 kilometres every day and he likes cycling around Nanaimo.
“I’m glad now that the city has made some of the trails a little bit better,” said Cradduck. “The parkway trail last year was just awful, between Mostar and East Wellington … but they repaved that, so that’s quite a nice trail now.”
As of Saturday afternoon, he had raised over $2,400, good enough for first in the 76-years-and-older category.