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Davies set to conquer fundraiser

Tsawwassen woman to ride to Seattle in June in support of the B.C. Cancer Foundation

Tsawwassen's Gwenda Davies is getting ready to face a big challenge this summer.

She'll be taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in June, a two-day cycling event from Vancouver to Seattle where riders travel about 160 kilometres each day.

"I'm not a super athlete. I'm just an average person who decided to get on their bike and I keep pushing myself," she said. "Every few months my kilometres increase and I go, 'This is the next challenge.'"

Davies, 44, said she hasn't really been affected by cancer but knows a lot of people who have been.

She said her training is going well. She cycles to work, a geotechnical company on Annacis Island, whenever she can. While that is close to 30 kilometres each way, Davies said she goes on longer rides as well.

She set a personal fundraising goal of $3,200 and is nearing that mark already.

"I've had quite a few contributions but the more I can raise, the more I can help out," she said. "So I'm not going to stop at $3,200. I'm just going to keep raising as much as I can."

The event benefits the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Since it began in 2009, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised over $39 million in support of cancer research in B.C., according to the event's website.

Visit www.conquercancer.ca for more information. Davies has a personal fundraising page set up at: http: //www.conquercancer. ca/site/TR/Events/Vancouve r2013?px=2897154&pg=pe rsonal&fr_id=1441.

dwillis@delta-optimist.com

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