Father And Son On Longboarding Journey

Journey of Dreams

Wanting to give back to the Ronald McDonald House they called home seventeen years ago, dad and son Mike and Easton set out on an epic long-boarding journey across British Columbia.
Fundraiser Name
Journey of Dreams
Raised for
RMHC Southern Alberta
Amount Raised
$4,000
Nights accommodation
for families in need
25
"The House took them in with open arms so they could stay close to Easton as he healed."
Seventeen years ago Easton Hay was born with a severe condition called gastroschisis; a birth defect that was causing half of his intestines to form outside of his body through a hole in his belly. His parents, Eideh and Mike, were shattered, but decided they would not be given this challenge if they were not strong enough to face it. They lived in Pincher Creek, Alberta at the time, and it was a long drive back and forth to the hospital. Luckily, they were directed to the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary. The House took them in with open arms so they could stay close to Easton as he healed.
"Mike and Easton decided they wanted to give back to the place that gave them so much. So they set out on an epic longboarding trip."
Easton made a miraculous recovery during those 6 weeks, and soon after, the family went home to Pincher Creek together. As weeks turned to months, and months into years, Easton grew into a strong young man. Two years ago he gave his dad a longboard as a present. The two of them have been riding together ever since.
In the summer of 2015, Mike and Easton decided they wanted to give back to the place that gave them so much. So they set out on an epic longboarding trip across British Columbia. It was what they called “the biggest challenge of our lives" - an excruciating 1,428 kilometers in 22 days. Easton’s friend Keith joined them as they rode from the B.C Alberta border, along highway 3, all the way to Ucluelet. At the end of their journey, they had raised over $4,000. They were tired, but they were proud.

Though Mike and Easton’s quest to the ocean may be over, the story of their adventure and generosity to RMHC continues to inspire others to get outside, have fun and give back!
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