Fun race in Chilliwack to honour Lilee-Jean

On May 3, Lilee-Jean Putt
On May 3, Lilee-Jean Putt's family is holding Chilliwack's Amazing Chase to raise money for pediatric cancer research at BC Childrens.
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Last September, two-year-old Lilee-Jean Putt lost her lifelong battle with brain cancer.

Lilee-Jean loved to run and dance and to be outside, according to her aunt Carolyn Putt, and this gave the family an idea.

On May 3, teams will honour little Lilee-Jean’s spirit and race around the downtown participating in Chilliwack’s Amazing Chase for Children’s, an Amazing-Race style competition to raise money for pediatric cancer research at BC Children’s Hospital.

“We want to make it just about fun,” Carolyn said.

Anyone can enter the Amazing Chase in teams of two to four. Teams will gather in downtown Chilliwack to start, where they will run or walk to various locations to complete fun challenges along the way.

After the half-dozen-or-so challenges on foot, teams will then get into their vehicles to hit other locations farther away. Clues will be given en route to guide teams to their next destinations until the event finishes at Murray Honda with a family-fun barbecue and party open to the whole community, whether you are signed up or not.

While there will be prizes for teams that finish first and have the best costumes, the race is meant to be fun so participants don’t need to be in great physical shape and you don’t even have to run.

Amazing Chase organizers are looking for participants to sign up, but they are also still looking for local businesses, organizations or individuals to help make it possible.

There are a few ways: Host a challenge at a business, which organizers will provide volunteers to help run; sponsor a prize; or donate materials or food.

Volunteers are also needed for the registration table, challenges and for the barbecue afterwards.

The event will go on rain or shine. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children, every penny of which is to go to BC Childrens, which is why community and business support is needed.

Anyone looking for more information on how to support the event or register a team, contact Carolyn Putt If registering, include names and ages of teammates, the team name, contact info, category racing in (general, family, corporate), company represented (if corporate) and preferred method of payment (cheque, e-transfer or cash).

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