On Feb 13 – 16, Terrance Kosikar, the founder of Camp My Way, will undertake the Herculean task of flipping a 400 lb tractor tire up to 7,142 feet on 7th Heaven Summit ( Cloud 9 ) on Blackcomb Mountain while wearing 50 pounds of solid steel chains .
Tire Flip Pledge – https://campmyway.com/tire-flip-pledge/
The event is a fundraiser to honour the memory of a young Olympic athlete, increase awareness about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and raise funds for Camp My Way, a residential wilderness program for people with PTSD.
Together We Camp Veterans Program – http://twcvancouver.org/together-we-camp/
Eight years ago, on the opening day of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, a tragic accident resulted in the death of a young Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili. The first person on the scene of the accident was Terrance Kosikar from Whistler, BC, and a part of him died that day, too.
As an Emergency Responder, Kosikar was well-trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, however he was not prepared for the emotional trauma which resulted when he was not able to save the young man’s life. Kosikar developed Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSD) and his life spiraled out of control. He lost his career, his family and — as a result of severe depression, anxiety, and substance abuse —Kosikar almost lost his own life.
Kosikar fought back against this devastating disorder and, after finding solace in the peace and beauty of the backcountry near Lillooet, BC, Kosikar became determined to share the healing power of nature with others. In 2015, he began a residential wilderness program called Camp My Way to help Emergency Service Providers who are struggling with PTSD to get their lives back and reconnect with their family and friends through teamwork, self-discipline, meditation, exercise, nutrition and sharing positive experiences, in a natural environment.
Over the past several years, Kosikar has symbolically demonstrated the struggle of PTSD by flipping a large tractor tire across great distances around the World. For the fundraising event on February 13- 16th, Kosikar will literally do the heavy lifting by flipping the 400lb tire up to the Summit on Blackcomb Mountain. They are asking friends, family and supporter of Emergency Service Providers and anyone that may have struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues to sponsor the team’s efforts by pledging a donation for each kilometre.