On July 4, 2002, Karen Tobias died after a five-year struggle with breast cancer—but not before leaving a legacy.

The Ride for Karen, started in 2002, is a yearly cycling event that is held as a tribute to the life and legacy of Tobias and to raise money for charities that help people living with cancer and those who care for them.

In the last fifteen years, the Ride for Karen has raised over $2,4 million which was used to help build and furnish new cancer care facilities, provide much-needed resources for cancer support centres and send kids with cancer to camp.

As a cancer patient, Tobias knew first hand that hospitals were not a very positive environment in which to spend a lot of time. As stated on the Ride for Karen website, Tobias wanted to make a difference and was dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer patients with one goal in mind – Improving Hope – which she felt was a critical component of cancer care.

This year’s ride, which will be happening on Aug.13, will feature three events, a 200km course, a 160km course, and a 100km course. The ride starts at the Markham District High School and rolls through the countryside north of Toronto.

All the monies raised from the 2017 Ride for Karen will be used to send kids with cancer to camp.

For more information, to donate or to register to ride, please visit www.rideforkaren.com