Ride for Dad held in Okanagan to raise money for prostate cancer victims - Okanagan | Globalnews.ca

Hundreds of motorcycles roared through the Okanagan today for the annual Ride for Dad.

The riders are raising money to fight prostate cancer and have raised $1.1 million over the past 15 years.

“It really touches me that so many people show up year after year,” said Bob Charron, chairman of the Okanagan Dads Motorcycle Ride.

“I’ve heard some touching stories (shared with me) today of people who used to ride the bikes but passed away after their last ride and their families are still donating.”

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The Canadian Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men and the third leading cause of cancer death among Canadian men.

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The society estimates that by 2024, 27,900 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 5,000 will die from the disease.

Today’s route took riders from Kelowna to Okanagan Falls and back, stopping to play poker along the way.

Daniel McRae of Penticton, British Columbia, said he has participated in the Okanagan Ride for Dad several times, but this year it was more meaningful than ever.

“I ride not just for myself, but for all the people who have come before me and dealt with this like I have,” McCray said. “It’s tough, it’s hard to deal with… but when I’m riding with these guys, it’s like having a big family helping me out.”

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The motorcycle fundraiser ended with lunch and live music at Banner Recreation and Marine in Kelowna.

Ride for Dad has 28 different chapters and hosts many rides around the country.

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