Hamilton doctor and cyclist embarks on 5-day, 850-km journey to New York City

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Published September 13, 2022 at 8:59 am

Hamilton Health Sciences oncology doctor Stacey Marjerrison and fellow cyclists begin a five-day, 850-km journey to New York in support of childhood cancer. (McMaster University photo)

And you thought your commute was long.

Beginning Wednesday, Hamilton Health Sciences oncology doctor and McMaster University pediatrics professor Stacey Marjerrison will embark on a five-day, 850-km journey with fellow cyclists through Ontario, New York State, and Pennsylvania before arriving in New York City on Sept. 18.

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The R2//NYC riders are raising funds for Campfire Circle, supporting kids and families affected by childhood cancer.

Marjerrison is a longtime volunteer with Campfire Circle.

“We’re so grateful for the support of these cyclists who are helping to bring joy and laughter to kids who need it most,” says Alex Robertson, CEO of Campfire Circle. “Right now, kids and families affected by childhood cancer need the joy and adventure of our camp-inspired programs more than ever. Thank you, R2//NYC riders and support crew, for giving these children the gift of fun, friendship and community!”

The riders have already raised over $687,000, representing 275 weeks of camp funding for the organization. They hope to raise at least another $700,000 to support Campfire Circle’s year-round programming in children’s hospitals, community events, and overnight camps.

Donations can be made at campfirecircle.org.

The riders come from various communities across Ontario, including Toronto, Collingwood, Hamilton, London and Milton, all united in their goal to give kids with cancer the chance to “just be kids.”

The R2//NYC group also includes Adam van Koeverden, an Olympian and MP for Milton.

An official Rider Send-Off event will take place on Wednesday at the Campfire Circle office in Toronto at 7:45 a.m.

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