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Delta firefighter raises thousands for B.C. Children’s Hospital

Reid Taylor turned his annual fundraiser 40-yard sprint in all his gear to a full marathon and the response from the community was overwhelming
Reid Taylor 2022 campaign
Delta firefighter Reid Taylor and his wife Kelsey with their young family

Reid Taylor took his annual fundraiser for B.C. Children’s Hospital to where it has never gone before and the end result was a record-breaking success.

The Delta firefighter turned his annual fundraising dash into a full-marathon (42-km) wearing 50-pounds worth of his firefighter gear. He completed the run in five hours and then extended his campaign to include an online auction thanks to donations from a number of businesses.

When the auction closed last Sunday, a whopping $24,500 had been raised.

“There were a lot of hours involved this year but I am very happy with the result,” said Taylor.

He has now raised over $60,000 for B.C. Children’s Hospital since being inspired five years ago watching the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen do a 40-yard run on air during the annual NFL Combine.

Reid took the run much further this year after having his own personal experience.

“My wife and I have a young family, a five-year-old boy, a three-year-old boy and our third baby, a girl arrived this past April. When she was born, she had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for two weeks for medical issues and was transferred to B.C. Children’s Hospital for final tests before she was discharged. I wanted to put a bigger effort into this campaign,” explained Taylor.