Rosslander / RDKB Finance Manager Swaps Calculator for Cycling in Epic Cancer Fundraiser

Kootenay Boundary Regional District Finance Manager Anouschka Riverin will swap her calculator for cycling when she takes on the 100km “Tour de Cure” bike ride in Chilliwack later this month.

His team, ‘Just Beat it’, hopes to complete the epic in-person cycling challenge in less than five hours and has raised nearly $2,000 to help the BC Cancer Foundation fight the disease through lifesaving research and technology improvements. care.

Three of Rosslander’s closest outdoor adventure buddies will join her at BC’s biggest cycling fundraiser when she climbs into the saddle on Saturday, August 27. Together, they will be fueled and motivated by the “generosity of RDKB colleagues” who have donated to him throughout his event training.

“Helping to change the stigma around cancer has been a learning experience filled with constant personal growth,” says Anouschka, who is a cancer survivor and shares her story openly when invited by colleagues and friends. Diagnosed with advanced stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to the liver in November 2020, the BC Cancer Foundation played a major role in her recovery. It takes a whole team to break away from cancer and Anouschka’s players have been many: the oncology team, Dr. Scotland and Dr. Schumacher from Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital; his nurses and Dr. Raison at Kelowna General; the radiation therapy team and Dr. Liu from the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver and his family physician, Dr. Jonas Sandstrom.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me over the past two years as well as the kindness and generosity of my colleagues at RDKB. This cause is very personal to me, but it affects everyone – nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and one in four will die from it,” adds Anouschka.

Looking at the health picture, you wouldn’t expect Anouschka’s journey to have involved 12 rounds of chemotherapy, short-term radiotherapy and three surgeries in 2021 alone. Other than a small bump just below his right collarbone, under which is a feeding port tube to his heart, there is little outside evidence of his fight with cancer. Her chemo tube is flushed every month, and it stays in place as a constant reminder that remission is unlikely to last. She is very optimistic about the whole thing and the team will then celebrate the fundraising event at the water park.

“My biggest concern is for my butt! I’m going to be in this saddle for a long time,” adds Anouschka who has hiked over 100km every week as part of her training regimen and regularly commutes between Rossland and RDKB’s Trail headquarters.

Help bring hope to cancer patients in British Columbia, fuel research and find new cures by donating online: (Link: Anouschka Riverin – The Tour de Cure | BC Cancer Foundation)

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