About Jordan's Run the Runway: The seventh annual “Jordan’s Run the Runway” run and walk event is inspired by an amazing young man, Jordan Strickland. They have raised over $600,000 for YMCA's Camp Queen Elizabeth. Jordan loved new adventures and was not afraid to try anything. One of the things he loved most in life was going to the YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth on Beausoleil Island, where he attended many summers as a camper, and nine years as a volunteer counsellor.
Camp Queen Elizabeth is committed to providing a fun and engaging camp experiences for all youth, regardless of economic circumstance physical differences. Because of the Camp Queen Elizabeth's inclusive philosophy, Jordan and others who may have physical or other challenges have always been welcomed to share the same awesome camp experience as any other kid, with whatever support it takes to make that happen. Many, many children and future camp leaders who couldn’t typically afford to go are supported by the Strong Kids Campaign to attend Camp Queen Elizabeth. Run the Runway is to remember Jordan, and help young people get the most out of life.
"Our son Jordan, who needed support to attend CQE because of mobility and other challenges, attended for 17 summers as a camper and then as a volunteer, until he tragically died in a car accident in 2014. The money raised at this annual event, Jordan's Run the Runway, is in an endowment at the YMCA of SW Ontario, and provides full support for kids to go to camp who could not afford the experience. It also supports some capital costs at CQE. We have sent several campers in 2018 and 2019, and were on target to send several this year, including some for leadership camp. We are honoured that Jordan's legacy is giving back to the London Community and Camp Queen Elizabeth in Georgian Bay, a place he loved more than anything!"
- Janice S.
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