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Local man pledges to pedal 3,000 kilometres for cancer research

Luc DesRosiers plans to cycle 3,000KM to raise money for cancer research.
Luc DesRosiers taking a break after around 400KM of cycling. (Photo/@DoTheRide)

Luc DesRosiers, sales manager at Boone Plumbing, aims to raise $100,000 for cancer research at The Ottawa hospital.

DesRosiers will be participating in THE RIDE, completing their 117KM ride, and also participating in "The Virtual Ride," which allows participants to clock their kilometres using a mobile app.

He aims to pedal 3,000KM by September 9, the day of the 117KM ride.

"I started in early December, getting sponsored for every kilometre I pedalled until the day of the ride," Desrosiers told Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310NEWS.

DesRosiers is sponsored by the four major suppliers of Boone Plumbing, who are donating $3 per kilometre he rides.

"The idea of coming to Quebec City and going back, is I kind of wanted to get the message out to the Gatineau community. Research is research, when The Ottawa Hospital makes breakthroughs on cancer, it affects the whole population... The whole world actually," said DesRosiers.

Adding, "If they find a cure of some kind the whole world will benefit from it."

DesRosiers rode to Quebec City and is on his way back to Ottawa, clocking around 500KM each way in the process.

His brother, Claude DesRosiers, was one of three founders of THE RIDE. Claude founded THE RIDE alongside two Ottawa businessmen, Robert Merley and Roger Greenberg.

Claude sponsored Luc as well, donating a lump sum of $12,500.

In the past eight years, THE RIDE has contributed over $12-million to research at The Ottawa Hospital. In 2017, they raised 1.03M. 

You can view DesRosiers' progress here.

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