Beedie group set to ride in the fight against cancer
Ready to ride: From left, Carsen Chant, Nathan Ma, Jim Billey, Jim Bogusz, Mason Bennett and Andrew Clarke along with Brandon Lau and Greg Perrin will represent Beedie Development Group in the upcoming Cypress Challenge, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research.
By: Caylie Dobie
July 28, 2016
A group of employees at a Burnaby-based company known for its residential, industrial and commercial developments will face a different kind of challenge next month.
Employees with Beedie Development Group are set to take part in the ninth annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge in support of B.C. Cancer Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund on Aug. 14. In all, two teams of four will represent the Beedie group in the uphill cycling challenge.
“We’re all looking forward to challenging ourselves up Cypress Mountain,” said Jim Bogusz, chief operating officer at Beedie, in a press release. “There’s a lot of pride on the line.”
Bogusz is among the company’s veteran racers and has taken part in the fundraiser four times. He first got involved after a friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
“I’ve lost a lot of friends to cancer but also know a lot of survivors,” he said. “Fundraising is so important; I’m thankful for Beedie’s support of our teams and financial contribution – we have to beat this disease.”
The Cypress Challenge has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception in 2008. The 12-kilometre climb gets underway at 9 a.m. at Gate 6 on Cypress Bowl Road. To donate to a team or rider check out www.cypresschallenge.com.