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20 years later, Sooke cancer survivor thanks Tour de Rock riders

Two decades after battling bone cancer, Kyla Hugli expresses gratitude to the cyclists who supported her journey
Sooke resident Kyla Hugli says Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rider supported her as she fought childhood cancer. She’s been cancer-free for 20 years. (Kyla Hugli/Contributed)

Twenty years ago, a group of dedicated cyclists from the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock left an indelible mark on a young cancer survivor's life. Today, she wants to thank them.

Kyla Hugli was a healthy and active 12-year-old when, in April 2002, she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right leg.

What initially seemed like innocuous growing pains soon turned into an excruciating ordeal, culminating in a total knee replacement. Hugli's life quickly became a whirlwind of chemotherapy, hair loss, and extended absences from school.

“It was very isolating,” says the now Sooke mother of two.

Hugli’s corrections officer stepfather introduced her to the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Paired with media rider Murray Langdon from CHEK 6 television, Hugli's journey was shared in commercials and newspapers, turning her story into a beacon of resilience.

“Tour de Rock support was a cornerstone in my battle against cancer. To all the riders, kids going through cancer see you as heroes. I was Murray's hero, but to me, and to many others, the riders are the real heroes,” Hugli says, reflecting on the impact of the Tour de Rock team.

Hugli also highlights the pivotal role of Camp Goodtimes and the Vancouver Island community in her triumphant fight against cancer.

“I don’t think I can thank the community enough for helping me beat cancer,” she says.

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is an annual 14-day, 1,200-kilometre cycling event on the Island. It raises money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s tour begins on Sept. 21 in Port Alice and ends in Victoria on Oct. 4.

As this year's Tour de Rock kicks off, Hugli's story powerfully reminds us of the event's impact.
“I can never thank the community enough for helping me beat cancer,” she says, underscoring the importance of continued support and solidarity in the fight against childhood cancer.


Kevin Laird

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