Canuck Place Adventure Race Raises Over $100,000
September 21, 2016
CANUCK PLACE ADVENTURE RACERS RACE FOR A REASON, RAISING OVER $100,000 FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES
VANCOUVER, BC – September 19, 2016 – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hosted the 11th annual Adventure Race and saw over 100 participants race on the ocean at Locarno Beach and trails of Pacific Spirit Park raising over $100,000 for BC’s pediatric palliative care provider.
“The Canuck Place Adventure Race is about living in the moment,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “The community came together for this event – parents, children, families on the Canuck Place program, sponsors, volunteers and staff to celebrate the adventures we can create together when we work as a team. We are grateful to all the athletes, their donors and contributions to the complex care Canuck Place provides to families all over British Columbia.”
With the sun shining, participants navigated through a 3km kayak course, 20km bike ride and finished with a 6km trail run cheered on by family, friends and volunteers. In addition, two Canuck Place teams participated in an adaptive course for kids made possible by the Canuck Place recreational therapy team. These teams utilized specialized adapted duet bikes and TrailRiders to ride through the course. Over 50 youth also participated, racing in an obstacle course – bike – run.
“I was thrilled about Griffin’s participation in the event again this year,” said Alysone Martel, Canuck Place mom to Griffin. “Not only to support Canuck Place, but to demonstrate that kids like Griffin have a place in the world and can participate just like anyone else.”
In addition to training for the event, participants also raised much needed funding for day-to-day operations of Canuck Place programs and the 670 children and families from across BC that they care for. Pediatric palliative care is a complex and growing field. Canuck Place is seeing a higher volume of cases requiring specialized medical care for children with life-threatening illnesses and offering programs that support the psychological, social and spiritual needs of each family.