Father of longboarder will continue ride
On Sept. 7, Brandon Harrison’s dream of riding his longboard across Canada came to a tragic halt in Red Deer when he suffered a stroke that left him unable to carry on.
Now, his father Michael Floyd is picking up where his son left off.
Floyd will continue the cross-Canada trek that began on May 14. He will be joined by Ian Brown, from Edmonton, winner of the 2013 ROGUE downhill race.
Floyd and Brown will depart from Laggan’s Deli in the Village at Lake Louise at 11 a.m. today and they hope to reach Victoria within three weeks.
Brandon, 20, and his father, began the journey together in St. John’s, Nfld., on May 14.
They covered over 5,400 km in 115 days and had about 1,000 km to go when Brandon suffered a brain aneurysm.
He is recovering in a Calgary hospital and hopes to be strong enough to complete the journey himself sometime next year.
After beating cancer at the age of two and surviving a stroke at the age of 15, Harrison and his father created Long For Life, a non-profit organization that supports charitable initiatives to fight cancer, heart and stroke disease through the sport of longboarding.