Local man Lawrence Selland

Local man Lawrence Selland

Local cyclist biking to Seattle for cancer

Local cancer survivor Lawrence Selland wants scientists to develop an effective all-natural treatment for cancer.

Local cancer survivor Lawrence Selland wants scientists to develop an effective all-natural treatment for cancer.

“I believe they have to harmonize with nature,” he said. “If you’ve got something the body can take in, you’ve got (a cure).”

If the treatment is not natural, and does not harmonize with one’s body, it will be rejected.

Not being a scientists himself, Selland has found a means of helping out in the creation of a cure; by biking from Vancouver to Seattle, in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, which serves to raise money for cancer research.

In preparation for the two-day journey, which begins Saturday, June 18, Selland has been biking around the Cowichan Valley. He has most recently biked to and from Chemainus and Duncan in his spare time.

“You have to get in shape for it,” he said, of preparing for the trip to Seattle. “I’m going to be getting in shape over the next month.”

The bike trip is made all the more impressive due to the fact that Selland’s leg was crushed in 1999, while working as a heli-logger.

With all his bicycle practice, he said that his leg’s “sore, but that’s normal.”

He still can’t run, but has been strengthening his leg up through his cycling adventures.

“It’s not a race,” he said, of the trip to Seattle. “It’s about getting it done.”

So far, the community has been quite receptive to his efforts.

The local Lions Club, and the Evergreen Centre, where he resides, have been pledging money, alongside other local donors.

According to the ride’s official website, www.conquercancer.ca, Selland has raised $195 thus far, with an ultimate goal of $2,500, all of which going toward the BC Cancer Foundation.

Donations can be made online, at the previously-mentioned website. Selland is also offering to drop off pledge forms by hand.

He can be contacted at 250-932-3990.

He hopes to get the majority of money in by an early deadline of Friday, May 27.