On February 10th, 2018 the Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Society in partnership with the Camp My Way program and Terrance Kosikar proudly took part in the 24 Hour Tire Flip event in support of PTSD awareness.
The event, which saw supporters and volunteers flip a four hundred pound tire end over end through downtown Vancouver was a fundraiser to honour the memory of a young Olympic athlete, increase awareness about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and raise funds for Camp My Way; a residential wilderness program for people with PTSD.
Eight years ago, on the opening day of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, a tragic accident resulted in the death of a young Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili. The first person on the scene of the accident was Terrance Kosikar.
As an emergency responder, Kosikar was well-trained in a myriad of life saving techniques, however he was not prepared for the emotional trauma which resulted when he was not able to save the young man’s life. Kosikar developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his life spiraled out of control.
He lost his career, his family and — as a result of severe depression, anxiety, and substance abuse —Kosikar almost lost his own life.
Kosikar fought back against this devastating disorder and, after finding solace in the peace and beauty of the backcountry near Lillooet, BC, Kosikar became determined to share the healing power of nature with others. In 2015, he began a residential wilderness program called Camp My Way to help emergency service providers who are struggling with PTSD to get their lives back and reconnect with their family and friends through teamwork, self-discipline, meditation, exercise, nutrition and sharing positive experiences in a natural environment.
Over the past several years, Kosikar has symbolically demonstrated the struggle of PTSD by flipping a large tractor tire across great distances or up mountains. For the fundraising event on February 10th, Kosikar and his team literally did the heavy lifting by flipping the four hundred pound tire around the Stanley Park Seawall for twenty four kilometers in twenty four hours.
In Canada, 235 first responders have died by suicide over the last 3 years alone. As a result of daily exposure to trauma, 15 out of 20 will struggle with a Operational Stress Injury (PTSD).
Together We Can and Camp My Way would like to thank all the volunteer and supporters who came out and made the event the huge success it was.