MONCTON, NB – Moncton East MLA Chris Collins is one of 20 members of the Sears National Kids Cancer ride.

The purpose of the 2013 bike ride is to raise money and awareness to help kids fight cancer.

As Chris and his wife Lisette know from experience, when a child is diagnosed with cancer, everyone is affected.

Chris and his wife lost their son Sean to cancer in 2007.

Chris’ team will bike across Canada in 17 days, averaging 150 kilometres per day.

The team’s goal is to raise $40,000.

The local recipient of some of the funds raised will be the Lions Club Sick Children’s Fund.