Ride for Legends: 71-year-old man bikes over 1000 km for Kids with Cancer Society

The route Len Spratt will be cycling beginning June 21 in support of Kids with Cancer Society of Edmonton was a total of 1020km over the eight-day adventure. Last year, this endeavour reached approximately $90,000 in support of the society. ECA Review/T.Huxley
Written by Terri Huxley

The route Len Spratt will be cycling beginning June 21 in support of Kids with Cancer Society of Edmonton was a total of 1020km over the eight-day adventure. Last year, this endeavour reached approximately $90,000 in support of the society. ECA Review/T.Huxley

Len Spratt, board chair of Gas Alberta Inc., has dedicated eight days across Alberta to support children diagnosed with cancer.

Spratt travelled through the east central region during the first half of the ride, venturing from Wainwright south through Consort to Hanna to Drumheller and on to Calgary and up towards Edmonton.

The ECA Review caught up with Spratt mid-bike ride just outside of Delia, Alta. on June 23 during Day 3 of his ride.

Beginning before five a.m., Spratt travelled from Consort to Drumheller, a distance of 168 km along with another person by vehicle to ensure safety and keep amenities close.

“It’s been 15 years and quite honestly I came to it a bit out of ignorance. I’m a bike rider and I’ve raced in Africa from Cape Town and rode for four months and lived in the desert.

The Westerose based biker has been heavily inspired by these children and their fight.

As ‘inspiration in his pocket’, Spratt carries laminated copies of four children fighting the disease including Daxton who was the main inspiration for Day 3.

Daxton is a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with B-Cell Leukemia, spending several months away from his home in Bonnyville, Alta.

Others include Brinlee, Mackenzie and Emma who are still fighting or lost the battle.

This unique event is in support of the Kids with Cancer Society of Edmonton (KWCS).

Louis Genest from the County of Vermilion River Gas Utility as Spratt’s riding partner for the first day.

Together, they rode 160 km from Kehewin through Bonnyville and North East Gas then onwards to Kitscoty and the County of Vermilion River; these utilities are long-term supporters of the KWCS.

The bicycle ride had commenced June 21 from Kehewin Cree Nation where Spratt, the solo cyclist, manages the gas utility.

The event will conclude at SANG Co-op, June 29, 2021.

The route Spratt travelled. ECA Review/Google Maps

A reporter from the Edmonton Journal called Spratt sharing this event involving helping children with diseases which took off from there.

He looked at the Kids with Cancer Society and felt confident in their efforts.

“That disease strikes children throughout the province so why wouldn’t we together get behind it and support that type of society that is an Alberta-based entity,” said Spratt.

He has always been an avid athlete involving sports such as hockey as well bu