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North Van firefighters will wash your car for cancer research

Ever had your car washed by one of the North Shore's first responders?

Maybe you’ve been helped out of a dangerous situation by North Shore first responders. But have you ever had them wash your car?

Volunteers from the North Vancouver RCMP, West Vancouver Police Department and North Vancouver City Fire Department are lining up to raise money for the 2022 Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast, including a fundraiser car wash June 11 at the North Vancouver City Fire Hall.

Assistant chief Mike Danks and retired captain Darren Beckett will be washing jalopies by donation. All proceeds will be going to the Canadian Cancer Society (specifically pediatric cancer research) and for Camp Goodtimes, a medically supervised recreation program for children and teens with cancer and their families.

The Cops for Cancer riders are currently in training for the Tour de Coast, an eight-day, 800-kilometre ride to raise money for cancer research. The Tour is scheduled to begin on Sept. 21.

On Thursday, June 2, the entire North Shore Cops for Cancer team, including Danks, Beckett, Neil Jones, Cody Disalvo, Samantha Falconer and Chris Bigland, will be doing a 24-hour relay on stationary bikes at Park Royal. Everyone is encouraged to drop by, cheer them on and make a nice donation.

“I think each and every one of us has been touched in one way or another by cancer, whether it's a family member or a friend. We've seen the profound impact it has not only on the person with the disease, but on their loved ones who are left to deal with the aftermath,” said Danks. “It's just a no-brainer, honestly, for all of us.”

Those who want to contribute directly to the North Shore Cops for Cancer team can do so online.

Charitable car wash

When: Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where. North Vancouver City Fire Department, 165 East 13th St.

24-hour stationary bike relay

When: June 2, 10 a.m. to June 3 10 a.m.

Where: Park Royal

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