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Heart of Adventure: Griffin Martel

September 5, 2017

The Martel family will be back at the Canuck Place Adventure Race for the 4th year on September 17th.

14-year-old Griffin will be participating in the adaptive course with help from his younger brother, Spencer.

The adaptive course at the Adventure Race brings out trail runners and adaptive bikes, which are then pushed or pulled by teammates, allowing them to experience the race with parents and siblings.

“We like having Griffin participate,” says mom, Alysone. “He loves it, and it shows that he can. That kids who aren’t typical can still be a part of the community.”

Bringing families to the Adventure Race through the adaptive course is only one of the many ways the recreation therapy team helps families like the Martels participate.

A favourite was a trip to Cultus Lake Waterslides. Local volunteer fire fighters carried Griffin and other children up stairs and provided support on the slide back down, allowing them to fully participate in a day at the waterpark.

“Griffin’s grin and squeals were the best” remembers Alysone. “Things we can’t do on our own, Canuck Place makes happen.

“The recreation therapy team doesn’t see limitations as a barrier to activity, just conditions that need accommodation.”

For Alysone, having a heart of adventure is all about not just taking what life gives you and making the best of it, but making it the best. Her family is continually open to new things and proud of the way they do it.

You can join Griffin and other Canuck Place kids at the Canuck Place Adventure Race. Register today.

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