RBC, our presenting partner for this year’s Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer, is passionate about giving back to the community and Albertans facing cancer. Through the Tour, RBC Capital Markets has raised over $757,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in the last ten years.
Tyson MacDonald, Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets and captain of Team RBC, has been cycling in the Tour Alberta for Cancer for the last five years. When asked why this cause is important to him, he says, “I have many family members and friends that are front of mind during my ride. Knowing that funds raised from this event directly benefit Albertans through the support of regional treatment centers in addition to funding critical research is why I continue to support this event.”
Taking part in a cycling challenge like the Tour Alberta for Cancer is no easy feat. With the events being virtual this year, participants can choose to cycle any distance and cycle anywhere in Alberta on August 28th. Team RBC will be enjoying the scenic rocky mountain views as they cycle from Calgary to Cochrane and back through the RBC Bears paw route. “It’s all doable,” he says. “No matter the distance or elevation. Getting yourself to the starting line is half the battle. Riding alongside cancer survivors and those currently fighting the disease will inspire you to get to the finish line.”
The other half of participating in the Tour Alberta for Cancer is fundraising for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Participants can choose to donate and fundraise for one of the 17 cancer centres across Alberta or towards world-class care and research, critical equipment or urgent needs.
It can sometimes be intimidating to reach out to friends and family for donations. Tyson encourages participants to share why this cause is important to them. “You would be surprised how generous people are when it comes to fighting this disease. Sharing your personal story for why you are cycling will resonate with many and might garner a donation or a new member of your team,” he says.
We thank Tyson and team RBC for their support and contribution to the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer. Thank you for going the distance on the Tour and in the cancer centres.