Formally diagnosed quadriplegics, Jim Mullan and Mike Shaw, formed #TeamCoast2Coast with the mission to cumulatively log 5,550 km, raising funds and awareness for spinal cord injury. Through the use of an app, anyone can join their team and every registered runner will contribute to the team’s overall goal. 100% of proceeds from the run will go to the Wings for Life Foundation.
“To be told you will not be able to walk again feels like the loneliest thing in the world,” said Jim Mullen. “Meeting Mike made me realize I actually was not alone and that was an incredibly powerful moment for me. Mike and I decided we didn’t want others feel alone either and that is how we came up with the idea to put #TeamCoast2Coast in the Wings For Life World Run.”
Through mutual adversity, Mike and Jim have formed a relationship and have built a network of spinal cord injury ambassadors to join them in their mission. Former professional mountain biker Andrew Cho (Vancouver), Paralympic sit-skier Josh Dueck (Calgary), Humboldt survivor Ryan Straschnitzki (Calgary), race car driver Pauly Plewa (Dunnville) sledge hockey Paralympian Kevin Rempel (Toronto) marathon runner Robert MacDonald (Toronto) and former professional wakeboarder Ben Leclair (Montreal), allowing even more Canadians to contribute as many kilometres as they can.
WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN APP RUNS IN CANADA
The below Organised App Runs have been confirmed for Canada, with more being added regularly. Participants can register via the app.