Riding 200 km. to conquer cancer

Torry and Sons project manager Jason O’Connell is riding in a 200-kilometre, two-day cycling journey for his sister Kristina. - Photo submitted
Torry and Sons project manager Jason O’Connell is riding in a 200-kilometre, two-day cycling journey for his sister Kristina.
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COURTENAY — Huge hearts and unparalleled spirit connects the members of the Torry and Sons Plumbing and Heating Team riding to conquer cancer.

The Comox Valley group has committed to a team goal of raising $17,500 for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Each one of the riding members has been affected by family, a co-worker or close friend who has been stricken with this devastating disease and each are doing what they can to support the fight against cancer.

This cycling journey is a 200-kilometre, two-day ride that will be tackled by the team in June. The route will take them from Cloverdale, over the U.S. border, and through northern Washington State before winding up in Seattle.

The Torry and Sons team consists of a cross-section of talent from throughout the company, including from their Courtenay and Nanaimo divisions: owner Brian Farnham; gas fitter Chris Sykes; tool control Ron Gibson; electrician Chris Gytenbeek; HVAC estimator Warren Hill; marketing manager Wendy Mayers; and the initiator of it all, project manager Jason O’Connell.

O’Connell has completed this epic ride twice already. This year, he called on his co-workers to step into the pedals and join him on this amazing journey.

Why is O’Connell riding 200 kilometres and personally raising $2,500?

“I am riding for my sister Kristina who passed away from cancer and also my pastor, Brian, who is currently fighting cancer,” O’Connell says. “My sister left behind two beautiful girls and a great husband. I would like to do my part in making sure no one else has to go through this. I would like to see this disease come to an end and I hope that by raising this money it will help move forward in making this happen.”

The team is seeking support in donations from friends, family, colleagues and the community to reach their ambitious goal. The funds raised go to the BC Cancer Foundation for research and programs to help fight all types of cancer.

To join the heart and spirit of the Torry and Sons Team in their effort to Conquer Cancer — a donation form can be obtained from the team website at or for assistance call Wendy at 250-703-4876.

Torry and Sons Plumbing and Heating Ltd was established in the Comox Valley in 1981. Red Seal certified technicians provide new packages and repair services for residential and commercial applications in HVAC, plumbing, gas and fire protection.

Offices in Courtenay, Nanaimo and Victoria service projects in B.C. and Alberta.

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