Tyler Luscombe runs along Highway 97 after leaving the start point on Airport Road on the way to Victoria last week. Mark Brett/Western News

Okanagan brother of Paralympian and friends on course for Victoria

Penticton’s Tyler Luscombe and his friends are running to raise money for his Paralympian brother

Because that’s just what brothers do.

Tyler Luscombe and three of his Penticton, BC Wildfire Service friends and co-workers are halfway through their 10-day, 432-kilometre fundraising run to Victoria to help his younger brother, Braydon Luscombe.

Braydon, 26, who lost his right leg to necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) at age five, has been a member of the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team for seven years, and is required to raise much of the money himself for team fees and equipment.

“Braydon’s never been one to ask for help, he’s just a normal person and he’s never expected anything different from anyone,” said Tyler, who’s doing the run with Braydon Kellett, Melissa Irish and Danny Larsen. “He does everything we do and more, I really look up to him and I would do this even if he wasn’t my brother.

“He’s just a quality human being.”

The four, who take turns running in front of the CanaDream motorhome, left the Penticton Airport Road fire base Friday at 11 a.m. on their way to the Crows Nest Highway

They spent Tuesday night camped out near Agassiz, opting to take the quieter Highway 7 route.

“It’s going pretty good. Long days for sure, but we’re definitely hanging in there,” said Tyler the morning of Day 4 from Manning Park Resort.

“We’ve had tons of support, people honking at us and we had a lady pull over Sunday and chat with us and donated some money, that was really nice.

“Having people honking and waving really makes a big difference. It kind of lifts your spirits. Our spirits are pretty high, but it’s cool to see people support us.”

Just as important as the money to the runners is their campaign to raise awareness of the Paralympic ski program.

“That’s something that we hope will stick in people’s minds, and that maybe they’ll learn a little more about it,” said Tyler, who gets calls daily from his brother, checking on their progress and to make sure they’re alright.

As part of the fundraising campaign, Tyler has set up two internet accounts with the goal of raising enough money to cover Braydon’s costs for this season.

“That comes to around 10,000 bucks and he’s had to come up with that himself, and my family tries to help and so my friends and I decided we would try and do something and kind of be his sponsor this year,” said Tyler.

Related: Okanagan runners finishing up day four of Run for Luscombe 2018

His younger brother has skied in the last two Paralympic games Sochi, Russia and Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Tyler has had the opportunity to see him compete in person on the world stage.

“It’s pretty emotional, I really don’t have too many words for it, it just makes me so proud and again it just speaks to the type of person he is,” said Tyler.

Skiing was actually something the entire Luscombe family took up together when he was six years old.

“None of us ever skied before and it was something we all wanted, to start something new together.

After I lost my leg, it was something we could all learn together,” said Braydon who came to Penticton several weeks ago for a beer and burger fundraiser at Bad Tattoo.

He added his siblings, older brothers Jordan and Tyler and younger sister Hannah, didn’t treat him any differently after his amputation.

“I think I was just the “other” brother. They still wrestled with me, they still stole my leg and ran away with it, it wasn’t different in any way which is exactly what I would want,” said Braydon, laughing at the memories of those times growing up in Duncan.

Braydon skied in four races in Pyeongchang, his best result an eighth-place finish in the Super G. He also won a bronze medal in the 2018 World Cup downhill final and is consistently in the top 10.

His first race this season will be a World Cup event in Sella Nevea, Italy in mid-December.

“It’s pretty neat what they’re doing for me.

I actually didn’t know about it for the longest time, so it’s pretty cool,” said Braydon, who hopes to join the group at some point in the run.

“Honestly, it just helps me focus so much more on the skiing and training. It really takes that whole aspect of what I normally have to do most years away, so it’s a bonus for sure.

“It’s pretty incredible just to know that people are thinking of me in that way and trying to help out in any way possible,” he said about the fundraising run. “It’s pretty special of him (Tyler) and for his friends to jump in even though they’d never met, just a huge thank you for all they’ve done.”

In addition to the PledgeIt (https://pledgeit.org/run-for-luscombe2018) and GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/run-for-luscombe-2018) sites, those wishing to help can also go to the Cannery Brewing Company on Ellis Street in Penticton until Nov. 12 and purchase or fill a Growler Cask and $2 will go to the fundraiser.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Paralympics

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Melissa Irish hams it up at the entry gate to Manning Park on day 3. Submitted photo

Inside the RV which is home for (left to right) Melissa Irish, Braydon Kellett, Tyler Luscombe and Danny Larsen on their run to Victoria. Mark Brett/Western News

Tyler Luscombe leaving heading out on Highway 97 on the first day of a 10-day run to Victoria. Mark Brett/Western News

Three of the four Penticton runners (left to right) Melissa Irish, Tyler Luscombe and Braydon Kellett at Sunday Summit on their way to Victoria. The four, including Danny Larsen, are raising money for Tyler’s Paralympian brother Braydon. Submitted photo

Braydon Luscombe in action at the Alpine Canada Para Ski Downhill Championship. Photo courtesy Roger Witney

Just Posted

test tube with the blood test is on the table next to the documents. Positive test for coronavirus covid-19. The concept of fighting a dangerous Chinese disease.
Interior Health records third COVID-19 death

A new community outbreak was reported at Okanagan Men’s Centre in Lake Country

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerskson of the BC Liberal Party and his partner Shelley Wiese celebrate at his campaign office in downtown Williams Lake Oct. 24. Doerkson has been elected as the new MLA in Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Angie Mindus photo)
Updated: Lorne Doerkson elected in Cariboo Chilcotin in preliminary results

Outgoing MLA Donna Barnett said win is ‘exciting’ for region

Power outage at Bridge Lake.
Power outage south of Bridge Lake impacts 85 customers

The outage has been caused by a fallen tree

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash south of Williams Lake on Highway 97 Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo submitted)
Highway 97 crash south of Williams Lake claims one life

Road conditions at the time were slippery and covered with slush: RCMP

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Never before seen painting by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr gifted to Victoria gallery

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
2 men accused of fleeing border agents near U.S.-B.C. border with $2M in drugs

Cocaine and methamphetamine seized by U.S. law enforcement in remote Idaho area near Canadian border

Most Read