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As things literally began to blur around me, I managed to call out to a gentleman who immediately came to my side. I guess from the condition I was in, numerous people at the garage sale, including “Lynn” who was holding the sale, were all quick to come to my aid. I vaguely remember how many people were actually around me as my body went into the most painful muscle spasm anyone could ever imagine. Luckily for me, another lady did come forward who advised me she had first aid training and looked after me until the paramedics arrived. Even though all these people were complete strangers, it was so comforting to know that I was in good hands.

So I would just like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to all those people who helped me that morning. From the lady who got “the better paper brown bag” to the other people who stole cushions from the garage sale to support me from that rocky ground. And a special thanks to “Lynn” on Aspen Drive, “Jody” who gave me first aid and “Manon” who came with me to the clinic and drove me home to make sure I was okay. I truly appreciated it!

Marjorie Ordona

Whistler

Trail Riders Day a big success...!

Thanks to Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP) and B.C. Mobility and all their volunteers for making Trail Riders Day at Cheakamus Lake such a success on the Canada Day long weekend. It was my first time attending such an event, mainly due to the fact I had a visitor from the Whistler for the Disabled website and his friend take part. It was great to check things out and see that activities for the disabled are available in Whistler thanks to some hard-working individuals.

Trail Riders are modified wheelchairs that can go into the woods on singletrack trails, up and down hills and over obstacles if needed. B.C. Mobility had come up from Vancouver and Chelsey Walker (WASP) came along and provided the volunteers needed to push and pull the Trail Riders with our mobility restricted guests to Cheakamus Lake and back. It was impressive to see everyone work so well together as a team.

Phil Chew (leg amputee) even rode by us on his mountain bike to provide some inspiration to everyone along the way. A big "thank you" goes out to all the organizations and volunteers who gave up a Saturday on a long weekend to make this happen and provided opportunities for the disabled to be more active and experience things they would not be able to do on their own.

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