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A real-life superhero in action

In and out of hospital as a child, Jamie McDonald now gives back to children’s charities

Jamie McDonald, a.k.a. “Adventureman,” made stops in rural Manitoba on his second passage through the province, and just like on his first trip to Canada, he is raising funds for children’s charities. But this time he is driving across the country, not running, and giving motivational presentations and selling his book, Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero, about his money-raising efforts.

Born and raised in England, McDonald spent much of his early life in and out of hospital, and as an adult, decided to give back to the hospitals that had helped him, and to other hospitals that support sick children. He raised money in various ways including long-distance cycling marathons, then decided to raise money in Canada by a cross-country run from east to west.

On his first trip across Canada (2013-14) McDonald ran alone (without support crew), a total of about 5,000 miles (over 8,000 km) pushing a baby stroller holding his tent, food and supplies. He began in St. John’s, Newfoundland, finally reaching the Pacific after running across the Rockies in the winter, resulting in a frost-bitten nose and a permanently misshapen foot.

The run raised almost $350,000 that McDonald was originally going to use to support the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, as well as children’s hospitals in Great Britain. However, when he got to Manitoba, he decided that locally raised funds would go for sick children in each of the provinces he ran through, so the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg was the recipient at that time.

Jamie McDonald makes a stop and presentation in MacGregor.
photo: Donna Gamache

This time, money raised from donations or book sales of Adventureman will be divided, with 50 per cent going to the children’s hospital in each province he travels through, and 50 per cent to the charity McDonald co-founded, Superhero Foundation.

Last month, McDonald made stops and presentations in Winnipeg, MacGregor, Alexander, Brandon, Virden and Elkhorn, combining a motivational talk and video with his book sales. All proceeds go towards the children’s charities.

Following this tour he plans a 5,000- to 6,000-mile (8,000- to 9,500-km) marathon from Cape Alava, Washington down to Los Angeles, heading east across southern U.S., and up to Maine. Once again he will run without a support crew, continuing to raise money for sick children

For further information about Jamie McDonald, or for information on how to support his cause or to buy his book, go to: www.jamiemcdonald.org.

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