February 12, 2016 marked the 6 year anniversary of the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Luge Athlete killed during opening day at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In honor of Nodar, Terrance Kosikar chose this day to begin anincredible journey. He undertook to flip a 400 pound tractor tire 30 kilometers through the Cayoosh Mountains of BC, while wearing 52 pounds of solid steel chain. His purpose was to raise awareness of PTSD in First Responders.Terrance has since been joined by his friend, Fabian Peters.Terrance was the First Responder to that fatal accident at the Whistler Sliding Centre in 2010. Although he was well trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, he was not prepared to deal with the emotional impact sustained when those techniques were not enough. As a result of the fatality, he developed PTSD that launched him into a very costly downward spiral.
During several years of severe depression, anxiety, nightmares, and substance abuse, he lost his family, career, and nearly his life. Escaping to the back country near Lillooet, BC, he found peace and purpose in Mother Nature’s beauty and simplicity. Many others who have suffered from PTSD have not been so lucky. By raising awareness about this debilitating mental illness, his hope is to help the people suffering from PTSD get the help they need. At 11 am on Saturday, March 19, 2016, Terrance and Fabian will complete the final kilometer of this journey. They will start at the Nodar Kumaritashvili Memorial in the Whistler Olympic Plaza and end at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.
They will be joined by members of Whistler Fire Rescue, Whistler RCMP, BC Ambulance, Canadian Military, the St’at’imc Nation… and of course, Meathead, the Bulldog. Your coverage of this event will help raise crucial awareness to PTSD in First Responders.For further details, you may contact Terrance Kosikar at 1-250-259-8177 or Jesyka Clarkson at 1-778-220-6256. For further information,