Friday, 07 September 2018 11:10

Raymond residents participate in special bike ride: 'Live Like Lilli'

Written by  Heather Cameron
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On August 17-18, Raymond residents Steve Leavitt, and his wife; Pat, and 70 year-old Val Bohne participated in the very first ‘Live Like Lilli’ bike ride. Lilli was Steve and Pat’s granddaughter who passed away about a year ago.

 

Leavitt says that the primary focus of the ‘Live Like Lilli Foundation is to raise funds and use them  to encourage youth to spend less time on social media and more time in doing and sharing good by doing service to the community.
“As Lilli’s grandparents, we are doing what we can in Alberta to raise awareness, funds and service projects,” Leavitt said.
“This Bike for Lilli fundraiser has raised close to $2,000 so far. We are working with some middle schools in conjunction with the Rotary club of Raymond to offer scholarships and service opportunities for youth locally.”
The Live like Lilli ride was 330 kilometers in total and started at the B.C. border in the Crowsnest Pass area.
Leavitt said the smoke was so thick that the group wore the disposable respirators until they got to Pincher Creek. After starting at 9 a.m., the bike group arrived at Lethbridge at 7 p.m.
Leavitt said that although the group found it hard to get going the next morning at 7:30 a.m., they did it. By the time they made it to Bow Island around lunchtime, the wind was going against them.
The group wanted to make it to the Saskatchewan border near Walsh, so they drove there and starting bicycling back despite the wind.
Just before Dunmore, the wind had increased in volcity but they continued on to Bow Island and then on to Foremost.
“We did this as a fundraiser in memory of our granddaughter and for the Live Like Lilli Foundation,” Steve Leavitt said. “About a year ago, she passed away in a terrible car accident when her Mother, Stacy, went to sleep while driving and ended up rolling the vehicle. Fortunately, Stacy and her other four children all came out of the accident okay.”
Leavitt says that his daughter Stacy is the chairperson of the Live Like Lilli Foundation and has a board of about eight others in Rapid City, South Dakota. Last Saturday, 160 people attended a fundraising Gala that the Foundation put on to celebrate Lilli’s life.
“Lilli was an extraordinary girl as just turning 13 she was so involved in dance, music and sports and she was so happy and vibrant,” Leavitt said. “Shortly after her passing, her parents wanted her legacy to continue on so they started the foundation with the theme to see good, do good and share good.”

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