Rip’s Cleats has a Mile Zero mental health challenge.
The Rip’s Cleats parent group has cut a $500 cheque for an Dawson Creek eight year old’s medical costs related to mental health – and is challenging other individuals, non profits or businesses to match it or more.
Rips Assistant Manager Kauri Taylor-Cook says the challenge is open to anyone looking to help out the family.
In a story first brought to the community first by the Mirror, despite only eight years old - Tyson Laarz knows he needs help.
"I just want help with my mental health. I just want my brain to be more normal," he says.
The youngster has been diagnosed with a handful of mental health issues to the point he has been referred back to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for four additional weeks of assessment – a parents Trenton and Crystal are looking for help.
November 2021 saw the eight year old spending four weeks at Children’s Hospital. He was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, development coordination disorder along with showing indications of unspecified anxiety and learning challenges.
Mom Crystal was flabbergasted by Rips Cleats donation and challenge to others.
“Really? This is amazing.”