A Highlander is aiming to pedal 200 kilometres for SickKids’ cancer research this August.

“I’ve had family that have passed from cancer and friends that struggled with it. I can’t imagine being a child and having to deal with such a horrible thing,” said Katie Woodward, who lives near Gelert.

She’s taking part in Great Cycle Challenge Canada, a cross-Canada cycling fundraiser in which riders set distance and goals in return for community pledges.

“When I saw this, I totally wanted to be in to help. I thought it was such a great cause,” Woodward said.

She’ll spend August cycling the Haliburton County Rail Trail, as well as some road sections and the mountain bike trails at Sir Sam’s Ski/ Ride, which has donated the use of its trails.

“I think I know it will be tough at times but it’s bigger than me,” Woodward said. “That is nothing compared with what these kids go through, what these families go through.”

Woodward aims to raise $2,500 in donations. So far she’s raised $1,500.

The Great Cycle Challenge participants have raised almost $31 million across Canada since the event’s beginning in 2016. All money raised will go towards researching treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

To donate to Woodward’s ride, visit greatcyclechallenge.ca here.