Jr. Kings families bike to fight cancer
A selfless group of families within the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program raised over $15,000 at this year’s Tour de Pier – a stationary cycling fundraising event held in Manhattan Beach that supports three cancer charity organizations.
An impressive 40 members from the club, including 12 Jr. Kings players, biked at the fourth annual Tour, which took place on Sunday and raised over $1 million overall for the charities.
“It was so amazing to see all of our Jr. Kings out there supporting the cause,” said Renee Vachon, who spearheaded the Jr. Kings’ participation. “So many of us have been personally struck by the devastation of cancer, and to teach our young kids how to rally around one another and raise money for charity is a gift.”
One of the charities supported through the Tour de Pier is the Uncle Kory Foundation, which partnered with the Jr. Kings earlier in the season in an effort to raise both awareness of and funds for cancer research, specifically brain cancer.
“My favorite moment was looking out into the crowd and seeing everyone in our group sharing in one mission while pouring all of their energy into the fight against cancer,” Vachon added.
And Vachon wants nothing more than to grow the Jr. Kings’ involvement at Tour de Piers to come.
“We had 40 strong out there this year,” said Vachon, who is quick to thank all of the generous donors who helped support the Jr. Kings’ efforts. “I hope we can make it 80 strong next year.”
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