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Team Kahnawake returns to ride for the cure

Team Kahnawake was a presence at the Ride to Conquer Cancer, raising thousands of dollars to fund cancer research. The team will reassemble this year after a two-year hiatus.

In its heyday, Team Kahnawake included almost three-dozen from the community and beyond, who rode for the cure in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

In its final year in 2016, it was a team of one made up of this reporter.

Gina Deer did the Ride to Conquer Cancer a decade ago and continued riding for the first three years Kahnawake had a team, and hopes others will join the team as they once did, and support the cause.

“I’m hoping for any amount. I really don’t have a set amount,” she said. “I’m hoping people will give anyway because I know there are many causes and that’s one of the issues. There’s a lot of fundraising in the community, but cancer is something that’s hitting everybody.”

Today, the team (including this reporter) will host a spaghetti lunch at the Moose starting at 11 a.m., which will include a cake raffle.

Fundraisers including a half-and-half ($5 for three), a playoff hockey board, and others will continue with the team looking to raise $10,000, which will go to the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

Few community members have not been hit hard by cancer’s indiscriminate blow.

Deer lost her grandfather Edward Deer in 2001 and uncle Brian Deer in 2015 to cancer and knows how hard the disease has hit Kahnawake.

“Lately, people are getting younger and younger in the community that are getting cancer, and that’s concerning,” said Deer.

Those wanting to donate directly to the team can click here.

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