Canuck Place Adventure Challengeby
I recently received an email from Malcolm, a teacher and volunteer who is also a participant in the annual Canuck Place Adventure Challenge. He informed me about this event that place in the fall (going on 3 years now) that involves performing various physical tasks while raising funds for Canuck Place Childrens Hospice.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides palliative and respite care services for sick children in BC Canada
On Saturday September 6th, 2008 over a hundred participants will gather in Panorama Park in Deep Cove, North Vancouver. Leading up to the event they will be collecting pledges and as for Malcolm, he’s also been blogging about the whole thing, every step of the way.
[In 2007] “The run was uphill in both directions, or so it appeared …5 hours and 17 minutes of being in one of the most beautiful areas of the world was a great way to spend a Saturday despite the number of bike riders swearing their way through the boulders and hills of Mt. Seymour.” [Adventure Challenge – Blog]
Best of luck to Malcolm doing the 6km kayak plus 32km bike plus the 8km run for such a great cause. If you’d like to support him he has his personal online pledge link listed on his blog.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice opened its doors in 1995, offering specialized care for children with progressive life-threatening illnesses and for their families. Thanks to funding support from individuals, organizations and corporations, hundreds of families from across B.C. have access to Canuck Place’s services, at no cost to them.
Canuck Place was the first free-standing hospice for children in North America and its model of care has been used for many hospices recently established… …The goal of this specialized care, known as pediatric palliative care, is to enhance the comfort and quality of life for both the child and their family. [Canuck Place – About]
More information about the event is available on the Adventure Challenge or Canuck Place website.
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I’m jumping on this a bit late…but, I just needed to chime in about the sort of work Canucks’ Place and others, like Ronald McDonald House, do for kids and their families.
My best pal here in Asia (and I don’t have many, cuz I piss too many people off…heh), his daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer several years ago. It was caught in the early stages and she was clean for a couple years…their treatment was done in Asia and everything went well. A couple years later, during the routine exam, they found another tumor. This time it was worse and they were going to need more extensive care in NYC.
Their insurance plan and the company helped to pay for a couple months stay in an apartment…but when that ran out, the hospital put them in touch with the Ronald McDonald House.
Throughout their entire stay, they told us of the people, volunteers who worked at the house and how much it meant to not only the kids, but the parents as well. Their daughter was on first name basis with Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez…and the family often attended Yankee games as the guests of George Steinbrenner (but I still hate the Yankees…Go Cubs!). When I see pictures of Marcus Naslund and Trevor Linden hanging with the kids at Canuck Place…I think of my friend’s little girl schmoozing it up with the big leagers.
My friend was lucky, he and his wife walked out of the Ronald McDonald House with their daughter and she continues to recover from the cancer that has stricken her twice…but, many of her friends have not been so lucky.
Your contributions really do count.
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