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Aug 05
Student's solo marathon raises $11K for LGH Foundation

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Owen Ostler tackles a one-man marathon for charity at Fen Burdett Stadium on Aug. 1. 

by Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications

Carson Graham Secondary student Owen Ostler has gone the distance to make a difference in our community.

Ostler accomplished a feat on Saturday, Aug. 1 – running close to 42 kilometres around Fen Burdett Stadium in just over four hours.

While tackling the solo marathon under the blazing August sun, Ostler also raised more than $11,000 for a new critical care unit at Lions Gate Hospital.

“When I was exhausted, I thought about: the people who this was going to help; the hundreds of people who donated and supported me; and how the choices I made in that moment would help define me and my character,” says Ostler, who will be heading into Grade 11 this September.

Friends, family and some local dignitaries were on hand Saturday to cheer Ostler on – and celebrate with him at the finish line.

Calling Ostler’s generosity inspiring, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation are grateful for the financial boost to their campaign.

“Lions Gate Hospital Foundation congratulates Owen on his exceptional athletic achievement as well as his fundraising success,” says Judy Savage, president and CEO, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

“We’re so grateful that Owen thought to raise funds for LGH while training for his marathon. The donations will help us to build a new Critical Care Unit, which will care for more than 1,400 seriously ill patients every year at LGH. Thank-you Owen and everyone who generously supported his efforts.” 

Ostler feels happy on two fronts: “That I was able to reach every goal I set for myself and … that I was able to help and hopefully inspire people.”

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