Glotman Simpson Cycling

Glotman Simpson Cycling

August 25, 2011 14:55 ET

Cyclists Raise $125,000 in Memory of Jack Poole for Pancreatic Cancer Research

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) -

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The Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club hosted 380 riders at the 4th Annual Cypress Challenge: A Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Jack Poole on August 20th. The event, presented by Concert Properties and Jeff Mooney & Suzanne Bolton, was their most successful to date raising $125,000 for pancreatic cancer research fund at the BC Cancer Foundation.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancer types, in part because early detection is difficult. With so few survivors to advocate and raise funds, events like the Cypress Challenge are important to help raise awareness and support more research. The Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club is dedicated year round to raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Cypress Challenge is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"There are so few survivors of pancreatic cancer to advocate for more research. Honouring Jack was an opportunity to pay tribute to his memory and bring attention to the need for more pancreatic cancer research." – Geoffrey Glotman (Event Chair and Managing Principal, Glotman•Simpson Consulting Engineers)

Jack Poole, who was the driving force behind the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, died of Pancreatic Cancer in October 2009 just a few months shy of seeing his dream come true. He was a man of great spirit, drive and determination and his commitment to the community and to the public good was something he highly valued. The 4th Annual Cypress Challenge is dedicated to his memory.

The final total of $125,000 comprised of 100% of rider registrations, cash sponsorships, donations and raffle proceeds. The event was hosted by the Glotman·Simpson Cycling Club and Glotman·Simpson Consulting Engineers, with the support of over 60 volunteers.

The Cypress Challenge route from the bottom of Cypress Mountain to the top of Hollyburn's Cross Country area covered 13km at a steady 6.5 per cent grade – which wouldn't be out of place as a hill climb in the Tour de France. New this year was a First Peak category for recreational riders to climb 5km to the First Peak Look-out. More at

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