Ride for Karen was started by Karen’s sons, Kirk and Kris Tobias, shortly after her death in July 2002. The idea for the Ride for Karen started when the brothers got a few friends together for a long bike ride to clear their heads after they lost their mother, Karen, to a five-year battle with breast cancer. Since 2002, the Ride for Karen has raised more than $1,840,000 to send children with cancer to camp, while growing into one of Ontario’s premiere cycling events.
“Our mother was dedicated to improving hope for cancer patients and the Ride for Karen is a way to build this hope,” said Kirk Tobias. “The Ride for Karen offers support for people that have been touched by the disease, whether they be cancer survivors or friends and families who have lost loved ones.”