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The Canuck Place Adventure Race on September 17th is an important source of fundraising for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Kids and adults alike have been fundraising for weeks, and will take to Jericho Beach Park for a fun morning of runs, bike riding, and an obstacle course, all in support of children living with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.
But Canuck Place supporters won’t be the only ones on the course. The recreation therapy team at the hospice helps several Canuck Place families participate as well, through a special adaptive course.
One of these families is the Martels.
14-year-old Griffin will be participating in the adaptive course for the fourth year 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.”
Registration for the event is now closed, but the Festival Area at Jericho Beach Park will be open to the public, where you can cheer on racers and make a donation to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
For more information check out http://www.canuckplaceadventurerace.ca.
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