Asia Hoffart

Asia Hoffart

Inspiration not hard to find

A Kaslo woman is saddling up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer this summer, but is in need of support to get the wheels rolling.

A Kaslo woman is saddling up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer this summer, but is in need of support to get the wheels rolling.

Inspired by her father, Asia Hoffart will be cycling in the annual 320 kilometre tour from Vancouver to Seattle to raise money for cancer research.

Hoffart said her father, who participated in the ride with her in 2009, is her inspiration for doing the ride again this year.

“This past summer he went though intense chemotherapy and radiation,” said Hoffart.

“I just don’t want anyone else to have to go through what my Dad went through, and everyone else in my family who I’ve lost to cancer, went through.”

She said her father’s positive attitude had a big impact on his recovery.

“He’s doing fantastic, he’s almost back to normal weight. Looking at him now you’d never know that he had cancer.”

Hoffart is required to raise $2,500 to participate in the event and has already begun with her Spinathon event at the NDCC last weekend.

Although only five people showed up to participate in the four-hour stationary bike ride, Hoffart said it was a successful initial fundraiser.

With about $1,750 left to go to reach her goal, Hoffart says she’ll be planning several more fundraisers as well as training as the time winds down to the event.

“I’m an avid cycler, I train every day to begin with but that’s just part of the regiment for training,” said Hoffart, who has been training for the event since November.

Hoffart said participating in the ride is her way of being involved and trying to create awareness.

“Every little dollar helps towards finding the end cure and making it a world without cancer.”