Myles Mitchell Olympic torch bearer for Chilliwack

  • Jan. 26, 2010 11:00 a.m.

Myles Mitchell.

When the Olympic flame arrives in Chilliwack on Feb. 7, it will be proudly carried by Myles Mitchell, nominated as Chilliwack’s community torchbearer to light the celebration cauldron for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Chilliwack is planning a celebration that will take place that Sunday from 1-3 p.m. behind the Landing Leisure Centre. The event will feature top-notch entertainment that will highlight some of the great talent that Chilliwack has to offer.

Myles Mitchell is one of 12,000 Canadians chosen to carry the Olympic flame on the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history. He will carry the torch on its final 300 metres to the stage and will light the 1.3 metre high celebration cauldron, in a move similar to the dramatic highlight of what will occur during the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The Games will bring together some of the greatest athletes in the world but they also help to create a feeling and a belief that anything is possible when you have a dream and work hard to realize it. Myles is a great example of someone who has done just that.

At the age of 10, his family began to notice that his hands would shake from time to time. The following year, the reason for the shaking became apparent as Myles was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He eventually graduated from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, something that is truly impressive and in ways miraculous as most children die before getting that chance. He graduated from Sardis Senior Secondary and went on to attend UCFV. He took a Theatre history course, trying to find out what he might want to do with his life and ended up deciding to start his own business designing T-shirts.

Before starting the business he had a seizure and after a battery of tests it was determined that he had hydrocephalus which is sometimes known as water on the brain.

“The seizures weren’t causing the hydrocephalus and the hydrocephalus wasn’t causing the seizures but the tumor was causing both,” said his mother Debbie.

They inserted a permanent tube into Myles’ brain that drains into his stomach. Finally, after enduring a multitude of tests and treatments, Myles launched his company in May 2008. Now in his early twenties, Myles is working hard and is determined to live the best life that he can, against any and all odds.

“I’m ecstatic and proud to be carrying the torch,” he beamed!

If you’re planning on taking in the celebration, consider using the free shuttle service that will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. between Chilliwack Heritage Park and the Landing Leisure Centre. There will be some traffic interruptions from Rosedale through the downtown corridor and around the celebration site as the convoy of vehicles makes its way to the final destination at the Landing. For specific shuttle information check out www.spiritofchilliwack.com

Following the lighting of the torch, everyone is invited to attend the 2010 Chilliwack Winter Party from 3-5 p.m. You can swim for free at the Leisure Centre, skate for free at the rink and at the Landing Sports Centre there’ll be free activities including face painting, children’s entertainment, crafts, bounce houses and complimentary coffee and hot chocolate while quantities last.

Just Posted

UFV Cascades baseball coach joins Los Angeles Dodger organization

Former Chicago Cub farmhand Wes Darvill is back in affiliated baseball.

Chilliwack teachers vote for non-confidence in school board

Lack of action following trustee’s comments has created unsafe workplace, they claim

Handful of Chilliwack water main breaks reported this winter

None were catastrophic but it meant crews had to dig down and clamp the problem pipe

Heritage Chilliwack launches new grant for heritage home owners

The grant of up to $500 is for Chilliwack home owners applying for heritage designation

Two men arrested after Chilliwack B&E

Mounties using police dog arrest pair on Eagle Landing Parkway

Solitary-confinement veto a chance to address mental health: advocate

B.C. Supreme Court made the landmark ruling Wednesday

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

UFV Cascades baseball coach joins Los Angeles Dodger organization

Former Chicago Cub farmhand Wes Darvill is back in affiliated baseball.

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Most Read