Brothers in Blue for Brad
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On June 29, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm AKTD, D/Sgt James Sushnyk completed the Conquer the Chilkoot event in Memory of the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Constable Brad Lelliott. D/Sgt Sushnyk overcame multiple adversities such as continual trail warnings for bears and avalanche type conditions. The date in which D/Sgt Sushnyk undertook the hike was filled with many pros and cons, most notably, the northern subalpine region in which the trail lies experienced a heat wave unfathomed by local residents, this brought the pros of sunny and exceptionally warm weather and also the dangers of glacial flash floods and hyperthermia due to the rigorous pace and heavy gear required to finish the hike safely and on time. Nonetheless, D/Sgt Sushnyk was able to complete the trail in just over 30 hours, a full 5 hours ahead of planned expectation.
A special thanks go goes out to the men and women of Parks Canada and the United States National Parks Service for their support and knowledge. Now, the Brothers In Blue for Brad Team focuses onward to the second and final Brothers in Blue for Brad Fundraising Event the Beaver Flat 50 Ultra Endurance race in September. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this great cause in memory of such an amazing person.
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Cst. Brad Lelliott's passing, Team Brothers in Blue for Brad will be competing in Two Amazing Events for One Amazing Cause. We ask anyone who could donate to the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba to please open your hearts to supporting those who are going through the same struggle with cancer that Cst. Lelliott did 10 years ago.
Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated. As a special donation, we are suggesting the donation amount of $27.61 (Brad's Badge Number) in Memory of Cst. Lelliott and the legacy he left with all of us.
In 2008, Brad Lelliott fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Winnipeg Police Officer, like his father Russell before him. A husband and a father of two, Brad was given the badge number #2761 with the Winnipeg Police Service as he started his career as a Police Constable. Unfortunately, only months into Brad's career he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Winnipeg Police Constable James Sushnyk had the pleasure of training Cst. Lelliott in Officer Safety while Brad was a recruit in the WPS Training Academy. Constable Sushnyk admired the willpower and dedication Cst. Lelliott displayed during his training so when it was revealed that Brad was enduring a fight with cancer, Cst. Sushnyk created a fundraising event in honor of Cst. Lelliott's struggle with the deadly disease.
The event was called Brothers in Blue for Brad. It was a one-of-a-kind Cross-Manitoba Endurance-Expedition that would take a group of Police and Civilians from the Manitoba/North Dakota border to the fabled northern town of Churchill, exclusively by bicycles and then by raft. The rafting portion was the most challenging as it would be the first of its kind. Four Winnipeg Police Officers and one Civilian would raft the Little Churchill and Big Churchill Rivers for 100's of kilometers until they reached Hudson Bay and the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" Churchill, Manitoba.
With the assistance and support of the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba, the event was met with overwhelming support from both the police and civilian communities in Manitoba. As per Brad's selfless request, all of the money raised was to go directly to those dealing with cancer, like him.
As the Brothers in Blue for Brad team were preparing for a summer 2009 launch of the expedition, Brad lost his struggle with cancer and passed away in May of that year. The Brothers in Blue for Brad team decided to continue with the event, but now in the Memory of Brad and his valiant struggle.
In June of 2009, after four days of cycling and nine days of rafting, the Brothers in Blue for Brad team completed their journey in Brad's memory arriving in Churchill as the only people to have ever completed such a voyage. Additionally, the Brothers in Blue for Brad initiative raised over $10,000.00 in charitable donations that went directly to those fighting their own battles with cancer via the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba.
The 10th Anniversary Event
2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of Brad's passing and the first Brothers in Blue initiative. Since 2009, Brothers in Blue has grown to take on over 25 fundraising and awareness adventure events and expeditions in three countries for police members and their families dealing with illness or tragedy. Over the past 10 years, over 100 Police Officers and Civilians have participated in Brothers in Blue events, all of which were born out of the 1st Brother in Blue event for Brad and the inspiration he provided to everyone involved.
Fittingly, the Brothers in Blue team sought to pay tribute to Brad this summer with a pair of adventure expeditions that would aim to raise money for those who need it most, the victims of cancer.
In 2019, Brothers in Blue for Brad will be competing in Two Amazing Events for One Amazing Cause.
Event #1 - Conquer the Chilkoot
In late June of 2019, now-Detective Sergeant James Sushnyk from the original 2009 Brothers in Blue for Brad Event will travel to Alaska, USA in an attempt to complete the world famous Chilkoot Trail in approximately 36 hours. In the early 1900's, the Chilkoot Trail was the infamous footpath that led prospective miners over the Chilkoot Mountain Pass in the hopes for striking it rich in the bursting Goldrush. The footpath is now a National Trail bridging both Alaska in the United States and the Yukon in Canada. The strenuous alpine hike takes most hikers an average of five days to complete, but Det. Sgt. Sushnyk will attempt to conquer the trail in a single night to raise money for Cancercare in the Memory of Cst. Lelliott.
Event #2 - Run the Beaver Flat 50 Race
Then in Mid-Sept of 2019, Det. Sgt. Sushnyk, Cst. Chris Hopiavuori, Cst. Troy Crowley and civilian team member Thomas Richardson will be competing in the grueling Beaver Flat 50 endurance race in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, Saskatchewan. The Beaver Flat 50 is a 50km off road endurance running race considered to be one of the most challenging in Canada and serves as a qualifier for the UTMB (Ultra Trail Run of Mount Blanc) in France. The Brothers in Blue team will run this epic race in honor of Cst. Lelliott and raise money for CancerCare in Brad's Memory.
Please Donate Now
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Cst. Brad Lelliott's passing and Team Brothers in Blue for Brad will be competing in Two Amazing Events for One Amazing Cause. We ask anyone who could donate to the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba to please open your hearts to supporting those who are going through the same struggle with cancer that Cst. Lelliott did 10 years ago.
As a special donation, we are asking those can to donation $27.61 (Brad's Badge Number) in Memory of Cst. Lelliott and the legacy he left with all of us.
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is the only organization exclusively fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba. While CancerCare Manitoba works in partnership with Manitoba Health, some programs and services may not be eligible for government funding. CancerCare Manitoba Foundation raises funds to bridge this gap and help deliver the best research, patient care, treatment and support for all Manitobans and their families living with cancer.
Each year more than 6,000 Manitobans receive a cancer diagnosis. Your continued support helps CancerCare Manitoba and its partners prepare for an estimated 50% increase in the number of people diagnosed and living with cancer over the next decade.
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