Rossland rider gears up for Tour de Cure cancer fundraiser

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Director of Finance will trade in her calculator for cycling when she takes part in the “Tour de Cure” in Chilliwack later this month.

Anouschka Riverin’s team, Just Beat it, hopes to complete the epic 100km cycling challenge in less than five hours.

Three of the Rossland resident’s closest outdoor adventure friends will join her in BC’s biggest cycling fundraiser when she climbs into the saddle on Saturday, August 27.

Together, they will be fueled and motivated by the generosity of RDKB colleagues who have made donations to him throughout his event training.

“Helping to change the stigma around cancer has been a learning experience filled with constant personal growth,” says Riverin, who is a cancer survivor and shares her story openly when invited by colleagues and friends.

Diagnosed with advanced stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to the liver in November 2020, the BC Cancer Foundation played a major role in her recovery.

It takes a whole team to break through cancer and Riverin’s players have been vast. The oncology team includes Dr. Scotland and Dr. Schumacher from Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, his nurses and Dr. Eeason from Kelowna General, the radiation therapy team and Dr. Liu from the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver and his physician from family Dr. Jonas Sandstrom.

“I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me over the past two years as well as the kindness and generosity of my colleagues at RDKB.

“This cause is very personal to me, but it affects everyone – nearly one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and one in four will die from it,” said Riverin.

Looking at the health picture, you wouldn’t expect Anouschka’s journey to have involved 12 rounds of chemotherapy, short-term radiotherapy and three surgeries in 2021 alone. Other than a small bump just below his right collarbone, under which is a feeding port tube to his heart, there is little evidence outside of his fight with cancer.

Her chemo tube is flushed monthly, and it stays in place as a constant reminder that remission is unlikely to last. She is very optimistic about it all and the team will celebrate the fundraising event at the water park afterwards.

“My biggest concern is for my butt! I’m going to be in this saddle for a long time,” adds Riverin who rides over 100km each week as part of his training regimen and commutes regularly between Rossland and RDKB’s headquarters in Trail.

Help bring hope to cancer patients in British Columbia, fuel research and find new cures by donating online to tourdecure.ca/fundraiser/justbeatit.

Your generosity will also help Just Beat It reach their fundraising goal of $7,500 and keep them motivated throughout the Tour De Cure.

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Earnest L. Veasey