Karen Fosado is prepping for another weekend-long biking adventure in memory of her dad.
Fosado, whose father died of a brain tumour last year, joined more than 100 other cyclists for Thursday’s Ride to Conquer Cancer awareness event on Stephen Avenue, that was also undertaken in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
The ride isn’t until June. But Fosado, who’s riding with a team called the Ride for Rosie — in support of her cousin, Stan, and his wife’s battle with ovarian cancer — said training and fundraising begins now.
“It’s very challenging — a lot of hard work and a lot of training — but in the end it such a huge feeling of accomplishment,” said Fosado. “I know that my dad is with me the whole way and he’s probably feeling pretty proud of me.”
The Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer raised $7 million in the inaugural 2008 ride, and Alberta Cancer Foundation CEO Linda Mickelson said a great cycling community drives the event’s success.
“Cancer is also a cause that touches everybody. And when you combine those two things with a fabulous event that is so well supported and we’ve got some of the most beautiful scenery around, you’ve got a winning combination.”