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The next step was to put the new

clothes on. By now his friends had delivered the paid-for pants to him. The tags were still on them. The clothes were dry, but Smith

wasn’t. “It was like trying to put on a wet bathing suit,” he says. Someone, seeing a man

frantically trying to get into a new pair of jeans with the tags still attached, called security. Security arrived in the form of a

small 125-pounder. “He took one look at me, turned

around and ran out,” laughs Smith. It’s not just every day that you

get to celebrate 10 years of success on such a large scale. Smith and Janz wondered if they should do something special. The answer was perhaps

predictable. “Let’s,” said Smith, “go for a

ride!” So on Aug. 1 they’ll start at St.

John’s, Newfoundland, and by Aug. 29, they’ll end in Victoria, B.C. It will be a fundraiser for prostate cancer research, but it will also raise money for the Military Families Fund. The Canadian Military, along

with General Rick Hillier (ret), former Canadian Forces Chief of Defence Staff and the man who launched the Military Families Fund, will co-chair the Cross Canada

Tour. So will media personality Don Cherry, who has long been a supporter of military families and who, says Janz, has a “soft spot for the Ride For Dad Fight against prostate cancer”. The Military Families Fund

provides special assistance to military families when they need financial help of the sort that would not normally be covered by other means. ( The Motorcycle Ride For Dad,

10th Anniversary Cross Canada Tour will visit military bases in order to say “thanks” to military families on behalf of Canadians. The Cross Canada Tour is broken

up into seven Stages. Riders will have to collect $100 in donations to participate in each of those Stages. If they want to be a vanguard rider they must bring in $1,000 in pledges, and they’ll get identical Motorcycle Ride For Dad jackets. If they want to be in the national vanguard, they’ll have to bring in $5,000. National vanguard riders will get jackets, too, and they’ll also be at the head of the parade. All riders will arrange their own accommodation and food. Most of the riders will be in the

Baby Boomer age range. This is the generation who is at greatest risk for prostate cancer. Many women are either in the

Ride or are supporting it from the sidelines, often in the names of their fathers. Smith and Janz frequently hear the same thing: “My dad was too

proud to talk about it. He died.” You don’t have to be a

motorcycle rider to help the cause. “This is not about motorcycles,”

says Janz. “It’s about the fight against prostate cancer. Motorcycles are just a vehicle to get the message across.” “Twenty years ago, this wouldn’t

have worked,” adds Smith. “The generation before us accepted that you just die of cancer. Boomers won’t accept that. They know there’s going to be a cure.”

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