By Chad Ingram
Published June 8 2017
John Van Berlo will be entering the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer thanks in part to his young entrepreneurial daughter.
The ride which will take place on June 10 and 11 requires that participants raise an entry fee of at least $2500.
“I was short of the $2500 that is the minimum to be raised” Van Berlo told the Times .
So Van Berlo who lives in Orillia went to the local Zehrs getting permission to set up a fundraising station outside the store.
On Saturday May 27 he was there with his training bike and his daughter seven-year-old Ruby Skye who lives in Haliburton County was there with her lemonade stand.
“She made her own lemonade stand and we were able to set it up” Van Berlo said. Ruby sold some 12 litres of the stuff.
“She was very vocal” Van Berlo said. “Together we were able to exceed the minimum donation amount of $2500 to be able to participate in the ride”
Van Berlo first did the ride a number of years ago.
He is riding as part of Team Lindsay a team named for a friend of his who is again fighting cancer.
“She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010” Van Berlo explains. He was also diagnosed with a brain tumour around the sametime. However while his turned out to be benign Lindsay’s was not.
“I was right around people who were hearing not so good news” Van Berlo says recalling his experience at the time.
Anyone wishing to make a donation for Van Berlo’s ride can check out his fundraising page at http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Ride/Toronto2017?px=4181547&pg=personal&fr_id=1581