El Segundo Hockey Kids Ride Tour de Pier for Cancer Cure

By Christina Elston

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Calvin Vachon, 11, will ride with his Jr. Kings hockey team in this year’s Tour de Pier cancer fundraiser in Manhattan Beach. PHOTO COURTESY TOUR DE PIER

Calvin Vachon, 11, is a goal keeper for the Jr. Kings hockey team in El Segundo. His favorite National Hockey League goalie is the Los Angeles Kings’ Jonathan Quick, but he also hopes to emulate P.K. Subban, who skates on defense for the Nashville Predators and has committed to donate $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Vachon began his own philanthropic journey last year, working with his teammates to raise more than $15,000 at the Tour de Pier, a unique stationary cycling fundraiser held at the Manhattan Beach Pier to benefit three cancer charities. “It was crazy,” Vachon says, adding that he thought the team would raise “maybe like, $2,000 at the most.”

He and the Jr. Kings are at it again this year and have doubled their goal. “We realized that we could do anything,” says Vachon. “We just needed to get our whole entire team to help us.”

You can help, too. Visit blog.tourdepier.com/calvin-vachon to see a video about the Jr. Kings team and donate. Or come out May 21 for this year’s event. Opening ceremonies start at 8:15 a.m. and the event ends at 1:30 p.m. Along with the ride, there will be a health fair, car raffle and air show.

Three or four of the kids riding for the Jr. Kings have lost grandparents to cancer, including Vachon, whose grandmother died of an aggressive form of brain cancer in 2016. So, the cause is close to their hearts. Vachon’s parents have been involved with the Tour de Pier for some time, and after his grandmother died, he decided to get involved.

It’s an important cause, but also a good time. “It’s a really fun event, even for people who are not riding,” says Vachon’s mom, Renee. “Come and cheer us on!”

Learn more at www.tourdepier.com.

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