For those who have done the Grouse Grind, you probably know how much effort, energy, and stamina it requires not just to complete the grueling Grouse Grind but to finish with a good time. Mother nature’s stairmaster is certainly not for the faint of heart. So when we heard that a police officer from the Vancouver Police Department has taken on the Grouse Grind eleven times in a single day… well, we’re out of words to describe this amazing feat. But it was all in an effort to fundraise $3000 for Cancer Research.
Starting at 6:00 am last Friday morning, Constable Astrid Bonter started a gruelling 13-hour journey to climb the Grouse Grind as many times as possible during regular park hours. By 7:00 p.m., Astrid had completed her 11th ascent of Grouse Mountain to the cheering and support of on-looking family and friends.
Astrid will also be taking part in this year’s Cops for Cancer to bring community awareness to the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of a children and their families.
“This challenge was done to raise money for Cops for Cancer and ultimately to support the fight against childhood cancer,” says Constable Bonter. “Cancer is a disease. It is powerful but certainly not more powerful than the human spirit.”
Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving research and provide care and support to improve the quality of life for children and families battling the disease.
Constable Astrid Bonter of the VPD.