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British Columbia man completes 160 km charity run


Josh Sloan was on a mission and he wasn’t going to let a flood slow him down.

The 27-year-old Surrey, BC athlete, who lives with Down syndrome, crossed the finish line in a 160-kilometer run for charity on Saturday. The trip took him two months, during which time he ran about 20 kilometers per week.

He set out to raise $ 20,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society in September in honor of his dear friend Debbie Kovacs.

Kovacs was Sloan’s former special education teacher at Simon Cunningham Primary School in Surrey. The two remained close after Sloan rose through high school and into adulthood, until Kovacs died of cancer six years ago.

“Ms. Debbie Kovacs has always loved running with me. We always started with school so far in Bear Creek,” he told CTV National News. “I still miss her a lot.

The Kovacs family, including Debbie’s son Dustin, were running right alongside Josh on Saturday.

“She clearly lives in this young man,” he told CTV National News. “Everything she stood for, everything she believed in, everything she tried to impress in the world lives on in this young man’s soul.”

Sloan has so far raised $ 14,000 of his total goal. Donations can be made through its fundraising page on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

With files from CTV Vancouver’s Ben Nesbit

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