On May 2nd, two students, Taylor Scholz and Colorworks founder, Don Konantz’s son, Willy Konantz started their grueling 4,500 km bike trek from London, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. All the money raised is going directly to the Vancouver Prostate Centre.
Here are video highlights of their incredible journey. Please watch the video then donate to this great cause.
Willy Konantz (son of one of Colorworks Founder, Don Konantz) and Taylor Scholz are two university students biking 5,000km across Canada in an attempt to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer Research. One night in the summer, we biked to a party; narrowly missing traffic, we talked about doing something like this for a cause. Several people close to us, including my father, Don Konantz, were getting diagnosed with prostate cancer. In addition ‘Step Into Action’, Dr. Riley Senft’s cross Canada run for Prostate Cancer Research was fresh in our minds. This started as an ambitious thought – friends laughed, family members doubted – but the two of us were committed. Over a couple pints, we mapped out our ride and specified our goals. This idea was turning into reality.
Our adventure will begin in London, Ontario on May 2nd, 2012 and will roughly take us a month. We will be biking nearly 180km each day as we travel across the country. Along our route we will be raising awareness for this potentially preventable cancer and promoting youth involvement.
Please help us reach our goal of $50,000. Please spread the word about our ride, and any donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations are done through the link below.
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All of Gear West’s donations will be donated to the Vancouver Prostate Centre at the conclusion of our ride (June 5th). The Vancouver Prostate Centre is one of the leading centres in Prostate Cancer Research worldwide and it is our goal to assist the centre to find a cure.
On November 2nd, 2011, Colorworks Express Autobody Centres founder Don Konantz spoke at the Terry Fox Foundation announcement that they are donating 12.7 million dollars for cancer research. By his own admission, Don is living proof the cancer research matters. Don was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February 2011. On that day, Don was undergoing his twelfth day of radiation treatment for lymphoma cancer that developed when his prostate cancer metastasized. Don and his family have always taken part in the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research.
“We will find a cure,” he said. “My children and your children will live in a cancer-free world.
“We will find the finish line in the Marathon of Hope,”
The biggest chunk of the money goes to a team led by Dr. Martin Gleave of the Vancouver Prostate Centre. The group will get just over $6 million over five years to study stopping the progression of advanced prostate cancer. Ontario and Quebec researchers will get the remainder of the funding.
Dr. Sean Egan of the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto will lead a team getting $2.8 million over three years to find the Achilles heel for primary and metastatic tumours of the breast and brain. Another $3.8 million over three years will go to a team led by Dr. Michel Tremblay of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre and McGill University in Montreal.
Their research will focus on how cancer cells metabolize in order to lead to targeted therapies.