Leora Shipley and her sons Nathan

‘Warrior’ takes on obstacles

South Surrey mom completes challenge, raises funds for Easter Seals

A South Surrey woman’s transformation to warrior is complete.

Leora Shipley, 44, took on 12 obstacles at the Sept. 21 Woman to Warrior event held at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby in honour of her eldest son, Nathan, 18, who was born with severe spastic quadriplegia.

The event, organized and benefitting Easter Seals Camp, which Nathan has attended for many years, pushed Shipley out of her comfort zone and back into training mode.

And it all paid off.

“It was great. It was really, really fun,” she said Thursday. “I was able to run the whole thing and between the 12 obstacles.”

With the support of her husband, Peter, her youngest son, Jason, 8, and of course, Nathan – who were all on hand to cheer her on – Shipley completed the five-kilometres of trails, track and grass, scaled walls and climbed her way to a successful finish.

To top it off, Shipley raised $1,800 personally for Easter Seals.

In total, more than 255 women ran, walked and tackled the obstacle course, raising $106,567.

Funds will go towards supporting the more than 900 children with disabilities who attend the one-week camp next summer.

For more information, visit www.woman2warrior.ca


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