YARMOUTH COUNTY - Alec d’Entremont, a 15-year-old from Belleville who participated in the Great Cycle Challenge last month, set his first goal at $500. He’s raised close to 10 times that amount in support of the fight against children’s cancer. As of July 4, the amount pledged was $4,700.
Donations are being accepted until July 31, the day before d’Entremont turns 16.
He cycled 307.9 kilometres on various local routes in June to complete the challenge.
He says his favourite route was through Ellenwood.
“I completed that one on my last ride,” he said.
“It was 48.4 km and I almost reached an average speed of 30km/hour. The wind was minimal and the traffic was low. I also had people cheering for me along the route.”
D’Entremont says he would love to participate in the Great Cycle Challenge again.
“June is usually a very busy month for me - with exams and swim competitions. I would also like to organize some kind of event for diabetes.
His brother André was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years-old.
D’Entremont says he wanted to participate in the Great Cycle Challenge because over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.
“I just hope that I made a little difference in the life of a child with cancer,” he said.
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 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.