Officer expresses gratitude by ‘paying it forward’

Cpl. Brian Burke extends invitation to emergency services workers to join him in Team Cops for Cancer.

Dear Editor,

Our daughter Paige was three when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumour. Cancer. When we found out, my only wish was to change places with Paige and allow her a childhood shielded from the realities of surgeries, chemo, radiation and countless pokes from needles. Her treatment took us from Saskatoon to Ottawa to Penticton to Vancouver. Fifteen years later, she is poised to graduate from High School in BC’s Southern Interior and begin the next chapter of her life in University, albeit with the physical and emotional scars of someone that has truly been to battle.

The depth of thanks we have for the care and support we have experienced over the years is immeasurable. I’m doing what I can to express my gratitude by ‘paying it forward’ on July 13. I’ve signed up for Team Cops for Cancer, a team of emergency services personnel who are riding in the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan in an effort to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.

If you work in emergency services, or know someone who does, please tell them about Team Cops for Cancer and encourage them to register to ride with us. Together, we can make a difference and I need your help. Registration deadline is April 7, 2014.

Brian Burke, Cpl.

Penticton R.C.M.P. Police Dog Service