Dr. Sasha Godenir of Optical Image wears a breathing apparatus while participating in a Nov. 15 bike-a-thon with Swift Current Firefighter Darby Regan. The bike-a-thon was to raise money for Swift Current Fire Chief Darren McLelland who is battling cancer.
an optometric practice in Swift Current, held a bike-a-thon on Nov. 15 to raise funds for Swift Current Fire Chief Darren McClelland, who is battling colon cancer. Fire department members participated in the bike-a-thon in support of a fellow firefighter. The event raised about $6,000 and more funds were still expected to be received. A GoFundMe campaign for McClelland has already raised over $85,000 in just over two weeks. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and received treatment, but the cancer has returned and he is pursuing alternative treatment options in Mexico. He and his wife will be away from home for about a month and funds raised will help to support the family with the cost of treatment, travel and accommodation.
ABOVE: Swift Current firefighters get their legs pumping during the bike-a-thon fundraiser. From left, Acting Capt. Trevor Braun, Acting Capt. Kent Silbernagel, and Firefighter Doug Leibel.
Left: Dr. Sasha Godenir ( at left) and Dr. Sarah Block of Optical Image help to raise funds during the bike- athon. Below left: From left, Troy Baillie and Nicole Anderson participate in the fundraiser. Below right: Victoria Courchaine from Infinity Fitness helped set the pace during the bike-a-thon.