His journey was cut short last time around, but that’s not going to stop Brandon Harrison from finishing anyway.
The 23-year-old longboarder began making his way across Canada three years ago. He made the 5,400 kilometres from St. Johns to Lake Louise before having a stroke, the third in his short life, and woke up in the hospital.
“I was actually in a coma for three days,” said Harrison, who made it to Golden last Wednesday after restarting his journey in Lake Louise.
Even though his longboarding journey began three years ago, his struggles in life began much earlier than that. At age two, Harrison was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects young children. But he beat the odds, and after an extensive surgery, he was cancer free. At age 15 Harrison suffered another major setback when he experience his first stoke.
His second stroke came not too long after.
That is when he decided to take control of his life.
“I started this because I wanted to inspire people to live life to the fullest, said Harrison.
“Life is not a guarantee, and I learned that from a very young age.”
His trek will raise money for cancer, as well as the Heart and Stroke foundation, but Harrison’s motives go beyond just money.
“I want to improve the quality of life of others.”
To learn more, you can go to Harrison’s Facebook page, Live Life – Brandon Harrison.