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Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Join Bruyère Foundation for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge during the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on May 25-26, 2019. 


All funds raised by our participants will go directly to patient care and research at Bruyère. 


Sign up to run 2k, 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon or full marathon on May 25-26, 2019. When registering for your race, be sure to indicate you wish to donate or fundraise for Bruyère Foundation in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge section of the signup form.

 

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Step-by-step instructions for registering for the Ottawa Race Weekend:
  • Register for your race HERE
  • Choose your event
  • Fill bio fields
  • Under Scotia Charity Challenge click the “Create Personal Fundraising Web Page”
  • Choose Bruyère Foundation as the charity
  • Continue filling out fields
  • Enter credit card information
  • You will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration from the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
  • Create your fundraising page for Bruyère Foundation . 
  • Start fundraising by sharing your link with your network
  • Run/walk proudly on May 25/26, knowing you made a difference in our community!
Questions? Contact Brittney at 613-562-6319.


Meet our Team Captain, Tim Kerr

On May 25-26th, I will be taking part in the Lumberjack Challenge (2K, 5K, 10K, and full Marathon = 59.2KM) in support of the Bruyère Foundation at Team Bruyère with flag at Ottawa Race WeekendTamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Now in my third year taking part of this great event, I’m pleased to be Team Captain for Bruyère Life Changers. I hope you will consider joining us in supporting patient care and research right here in Ottawa!

For those of you that haven’t heard my story, let me tell you why Bruyère is so important to me.

On June 21, 2012 I was Commanding Officer of a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer, HMCS Algonquin. We were at sea about 150 miles of the coast of California, departing for a two month deployment. After a long day of training, I headed back to the ship`s gymnasium for my regular work-out on the treadmill. I remember putting my headphones on and turning on my iPod. The next thing I remember is waking up in the US Navy hospital in San Diego, having suffered a brain hemorrhage and serious stroke. I was 43 years old.

I was found at the foot of the treadmill, the alarm was raised and my crew provided the critical initial treatment and made the life-saving decisions and actions to get me to the nearest hospital in San Diego as soon as possible. After being stabilized in San Diego and then the Ottawa Civic Hospital, I was ready to begin my rehabilitation, and I was privileged to be admitted as a stroke rehabilitation patient at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa.

With the stroke I had lost the use of my left side and balance, and couldn`t even sit up straight. My recovery was slow and very hard, and there were some very low times--but I wasn`t alone. I had the support of many people – my family, friends, and the team at Bruyère – all of who pushed me, motivated me, and reminded me just how important it was for me to recover.

I owe a great debt to the nurses, doctors, physio and occupational therapists of Bruyère, who worked with me and for me to enable me to get to where I am today, who gave me my life back, and changed it for the better.

In supporting Bruyère, we are ensuring that the support I received is available when we, our children and future generations may need it. I hope you will consider joining me for a race or in making a donation in support of our team of Life Changers for this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Tim Kerr
Bruyère Life Changers Team Captain

P.s. If you have questions about participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge please do not hesitate to reach out to my friends at the Bruyère Foundation for more information. Their contact information can be found below.