Vancouver Canucks Jake Virtanen and Canuck Place Teen Take a Dream Flight at Abbotsford International Airshow

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Vancouver Canucks Jake Virtanen and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice youth, Yousef, will take a dream come true flight on Friday, August 9 at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

Yousef is a 17-year-old Burnaby youth with a type of pediatric cancer called Ewing Sarcoma, which accounts for about 1.8 percent of childhood cancers. Yousef loves horseback riding and planes. His dream of flying in formation with a Canucks player will come true on Friday morning in a special routine in advance of the annual Abbotsford International Airshow.

Yousef and Jake will:

  • have a front-row seat for the USAF Thunderbirds Practice 
  •  meet the talented USAF Thunderbirds Pilots on the ramp after their practice
  •  they will then go for a special formation flight together with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team in a 4-ship of T-6 Texan (Harvard) aircraft.


Where: Abbotsford International Airshow

When: Friday August 9, 2019

Time: 9:45 am

Location: Abbotsford International Airport – muster at the Tower Gate for access promptly at 9:45 am.

Tower Gate: 1362 Tower St, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5

(To assist in facilitating airfield access, interested media should RSVP in advance for access by calling the contact numbers below.) 

About Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia and Yukon’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 765 children living with life-threatening illnesses and families receive care from Canuck Place through outpatient programs and two inpatient provincial hospice locations with 13 patient beds and 8 family suites: Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, music, art, and recreation therapy, education, grief, loss, and bereavement counselling, as well as end-of-life care. Through the investment of the community, our talented team, and over 400 energetic volunteers we make a lasting difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.

About Canuck Place and the Vancouver Canucks: Since 1995 the community committed Vancouver Canucks and Canucks for Kids Fund have provided vital funds for children and families receiving care at Canuck Place.  Approximately 4% of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice annual operating budget comes from the Canucks for Kids Fund, the remainder is raised by Canuck Place through the generosity of individuals, corporate donors, government and Canuck Place events. Canuck Place is incredibly grateful for the support provided to children and families through grants, player visits to the hospice, tickets to hockey games and events.

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