Two upcoming events put the spotlight on an athletic team with a special fund named in their honour. The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC’s Jason & Rand Fund is named for friends Rand Surbey and Jason Cole, and provides financial support for speciality equipment for children, youth and adults living with cerebral palsy.
Friends and adventures
Jason and Rand, who lives with cerebral palsy, met through an assisted hiking program and formed a friendship based on their common goals of inclusivity and adventure. The friendship evolved into a partnership focused on helping others realize these same goals, through education and participation in numerous high-profile sporting events, including two Guinness World Record-setting attempts during the Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon.
On October 7th, the dynamic duo will be running another half marathon at the GoodLife Victoria Marathon. Dressed as oversized Thanksgiving turkeys in their signature creative costumes, the pair will be speeding along in a newly acquired racing chair from Ainsley’s Angels, paid for by the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, and raising awareness and funds.
World Cerebral Palsy Day
The day before the race is World CP Day – a fitting tribute to Jason and Rand’s goal to affect real change and support the thirst for adventure even among people living below eye level. The pair’s achievements were featured by World CP Day in 2017:
Nobody should have invisibility as a disability regardless of age, finances, family support or lack thereof. We hope to reset the bar for others now and into the future. Never let society typecast you into what they want. Find ways to do exactly what you want. – Jason Cole
On October 6th, 2018, BC will light up green for World CP Day – a global movement to celebrate, raise awareness and take action to ensure that people with CP have the same rights, access and opportunity as anyone else.
Jason & Rand Fund fuels adventures
The Jason & Rand Fund provides financial support for communications devices, mobility aids, equipment and therapy that create a Life Without Limits. Eight-year-old Wyatt purchased an ankle foot orthosis with help from the fund, and now plays sledge hockey with his friends. Robin received a specialized keyboard so he can play chess online, building social capital and a worldwide community of friends. From all-terrain wheelchairs to home accessibility, all year long we receive requests from individuals requesting support to do “exactly what they want”.
Help us help others
Unfortunately, the demand for equipment often outstrips the amount that we have to give. In the coming year, we hope to meet 100% of the demand for equipment and dreams of adventure, connection and community. Help others live a Life Without Limits through the Jason & Rand Fund.
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