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Knox Mountain Hill Climb offers thrill of a lifetime for child cancer survivors

Knox Mountain Hill Climb driver Brent Thorkelson with childhood cancer survivor Mitch Walz.  - Barry Gerding/Capital News
Knox Mountain Hill Climb driver Brent Thorkelson with childhood cancer survivor Mitch Walz.
— image credit: Barry Gerding/Capital News

For 57 years, the Knox Mountain Hill Climb has challenged drivers to race to the top of Knox, navigating 10 major turns and climbing 800 vertical feet in 2.2 miles.

This weekend, the race is also featuring rides in a GT3 Porsche for childhood cancer survivors. All of the GT3 Porsche passengers are campers from Camp Goodtimes, the summer camp run by the Canadian Cancer Society in the Central Okanagan.

Hill climb driver Brent Thorkelson is a volunteer who runs Hands Together for a Cure. He asks people to donate per ride, and then gives these rides away for free to childhood cancer survivors and their siblings. A portion of the ticket sale revenue generated goes to Camp Goodtimes.

Less than nine per cent of the kids at Camp Goodtimes are from the Southern Interior region of the province, something the cancer society wants to change by raising awarnesss of this unique summer camp experience. For almost 30 years, the CCS has been able to offer the Camp Goodtimes experience at no cost to participants because of the donation initiatives such as the Hands Together program.

 

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