In September of 2013, Lilee-Jean Putt lost her battle to brain cancer after fighting for nearly two years.
Last year, in her memory and honour, Lilee-Jean’s family created the Amazing Chase.
Their intent was to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at BC Children’s Hospital, in the hopes of eradicating cancer for future generations. They raised just over $4,000, and had a ton of fun in the process.
“Lilee loved to run and dance to just be outside, no matter the weather,” aunt Carolyn Putt said. And the Amazing Chase gives participants to get out outside, run, and have a great time.
Now it’s time for the second Chase.
On May 2, teams of two or more people will race around downtown Chilliwack on foot, and then to various other locations by car. All along the way, the teams will face fun challenges and follow clues to the next destinations.
The race will wrap up at the final destination, where a family-oriented barbecue awaits.
There will be prizes for the teams that finish first, and even prizes for the best costumes. But with the focus on fun, Putt said, there is no need to be in great physical shape.
This year they’ll have two racing categories – one for “family and fun” and one for the true chasers in the group who are a little more on the competitive side. Depending which category you are racing in, some of the challenges at the different locations may also be a little different.
Registration is $35 per person, or $15 for children 12 and under if registered before April 15. After that day, the costs are $40/$20. There is a family rate for two adults plus kids at $90 ($100 after April 15). The entire registration cost will go directly to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Plus, you’ll get breakfast and lunch, Putt points out.
To help boost up the fundraiser, participants are encouraged to ask people to sponsor them. For every $10 raised, participants earn another chance to win prizes.
To get registered or learn more, email your pertinent information to Putt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your name and names of your teammates, the ages of any children in your team, your team name, contact information, category (fun/family or competitive) and preferred method of payment (mail-in cheque, e-transfer or cash in person).