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Justin's Mountain Adventure

Friday, January 4, 2013

Six-year old Justin, who has neurofibromatosis, had an amazing dream – to visit the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and spend time with his family. What started off as a trip to see the mountains and his grandparents in Alberta became so much more.

Justin’s send off began at the TorontoAirport, complete with local police officers who took him on a security scooter ride-a-long and a meet-and-greet with the airline pilot.

Justin RCMPOnce Justin and his family reached Alberta, they camped, hiked and experienced the amazing wildlife and landscapes throughout the vast Rocky Mountains. Liz, Justin’s mother, recalls the joy she felt seeing her son so full of life, walking and exploring on his own. “It was amazing, since he almost lost the use of his legs last year.”

Justin reached the top of SulphurMountain in Banff, visited DinosaurPark and relaxed in natural hot springs. Other than visiting the Redcliff RCMP office where Justin got to write a mock ticket for his mother, his favourite moment was spending time with extended family living in Alberta. Justin was even interviewed and later featured in the Bow Island Commentator – a local newspaper.

Justin’s mother says that they returned to Ingersoll with positive memories, big smiles and a “very happy, special little guy.”

Thanks to his extended family and local police he met along the way, Justin’s dream to see one of the most beautiful places in the world came true.

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