This past Sunday, Grade 12 student Graham Inglis was one of 350 riders who took part in the inaugural Tour of Courage in Vancouver, an event which raises awareness and funds for cancer research throughout British Columbia. Graham biked just over 90 kilometres in less than 4 hours and personally collected over $1300 of the $1.8 million raised.
Graham accrued almost $400 of his funds at a lunchtime fundraiser at SMUS. “I was really impressed and pleased that everyone came out and supported me,” says Graham. His fundraising earned him a chance to meet Premier Gordon Campbell and to bike (briefly) with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Because he’s only sixteen, Graham only had to raise $200 to ride with Armstrong, but he chose to do much more.
Drawn to the event because it struck him as something that would really push his limits, Graham says he felt up for the challenge after a summer of biking to his job at the BC Cancer Agency. Two of his five team-mates for the ride were former coworkers and all were 15-20 years older than him. Proceeds from the weekend went to the BC Cancer Agency.
His summer job researching prostate cancer made him more aware of the impact of cancer. Graham got the job through the BC Cancer Agency’s high school internship programme, which gives four students from Vancouver Island a work opportunity each summer. In three out of the four years the programme has been running, SMUS students worked with the Cancer Agency.