The IRIS Challenge began as a way for late IRIS founder and president, Dr. Francis Jean to support the cancer battle of his brother, Remi Jean who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007. Remi’s passion for cycling, the brothers’ mutual love for the outdoors, combined with a desire to spend more time together inspired the Jean brothers to create the IRIS Cycling Challenge.

Since its’ start, the IRIS Challenge has had year-over-year success in fundraising for cancer research, raising cancer awareness, and giving participants the chance to not only let their competitive sides out, but also make some lasting feel-good memories!


In loving memory of Dr. Jean

This viewfinder was dedicated in Dr. Jean’s honour during the 2015 IRIS Challenge at a touching memorial service on the one year anniversary of his passing. This breathtaking and peaceful view is located in Jasper National Park just past the Columbia Ice Fields at the Tangle Creek pull out, a view Dr. Jean loved.