Penticton woman pedals for a cause

Elizabeth Tribe taking part in this weekend's Ride to Conquer Cancer

A Penticton woman is taking on the monumental task of riding her bike through the Pacific Northwest over two days.

This weekend, Elizabeth Tribe is taking on the epic challenge, which is exactly what it is meant to be. She is one of many across the country who have found a motivation to take on the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Tribe is dedicating the ride to her dear friend Senpai Cheryl, who she has known for 18 years.

“She has been a huge inspiration for me in my life,” said Tribe. “She has taught me so many things and really inspires me to be a better person. She is just an amazing individual and people like her do not come along everyday. I just want to honour her with this ride.”

In order to do the ride, Tribe had to raise a minimum of $2,500 — she has surpassed that and currently is at $4,700. Not only a Penticton Ironman finisher and karate student, Tribe is passionate about music. Because her friend has touched so many people, Tribe decided to write a song about Cheryl called I Ride For You. She hopes proceeds from her latest album, called Heaven Sent, will help grow her fundraising efforts.

“The community has been so supportive and family has supported me so much through this,” said Tribe.

To purchase the CD before the release concert later this summer, Tribe suggests people contact her via email at elizabethheavensent@shaw.ca.

Riders between 25 and 75, be it fitness freaks or couch potatoes, have raised money for cancer research through the ride. The money raised for the Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the B.C. Cancer Foundation and support leading clinicians, scientists and researchers whose search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes will have a real impact in the province, across Canada and around the world.

Since its inception in 2009, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised $27.2 million in support of research in B.C. that is focused on advancing new understandings of cancer for the development of improved treatment options.

To help Tribe’s fundraising efforts, visit www.conquercancer.ca/goto/elizabethtribe2012.