The dedication and courage needed to complete a major run like a marathon reflects the same values we practice and witness at Canuck Place every day. Canuck Place mom, Cherie, was very familiar with these traits when she decided to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon in honour of her daughter, Charlie-Anne.
Charlie-Anne was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a serious and debilitating condition that makes daily life a challenge for Charlie-Anne and her parents.
“As parents of a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, we feel very fortunate to be on the Canuck Place Program,” said Matt and Cherie. “It’s a great source of support and respite, especially after long hospital stays with our daughter. Charlie-Anne loves it there as well – she gets to participate in great social activities, play in a comfortable surrounding, and of course, snack on the famous cookies! As a family we feel at ease every time we walk through the doors, and truly think of it as a home while we’re there.”
It was partly because of this support that Cherie decided to challenge herself and her friends to fundraise and train for the marathon.
“I pushed and amazed myself when I ran the full BMO Vancouver Marathon in honour of Charlie-Anne,” she said. “Many of my friends, including my amazing long-time friend Erin Barclay, a mother of two, a teacher and avid runner, joined our team, ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ and ran in Charlie’s honour as well. It was so amazing to be so supported by my friends and family who are so touched and moved by Charlie.”
With the support of our charity runners, we can continue to provide specialized pediatric palliative care for British Columbia families like Charlie-Anne, Matt, and Cherie.