It may not have had a satisfying ending, but Curtis Hargroves’ 2,440 kilometre run from Port Alberni to California was undoubtedly the good news story of the year.
But how did it all start?
It started with Angel Magnussen, an Alberni Valley teen who sews blankets for sick kids at her Hugginz by Angel studio.
She calls it wrapping sick kids in a hug.
She loves Ellen Degeneres and in fact shares a hobby— dancing.
Last year, Angel’s mother Cheryl sent a special cat lovers blanket to Ellen but never received a response.
Hargrove met Angel in 2012 at the Canadian Football League Grey Cup in Toronto.
He is renowned in Alberta for running for charity and after he heard about Angel’s desire to send a blanket to Ellen, he decided to make it his personal quest.
That’s how he ran 58 marathons in 48 days and although Ellen wasn’t there to receive the blanket, he inspired a Valley and many beyond.