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A challenge for kids in honor of fallen soldier from Steilacoom, Lt. Brian Bradshaw

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 13, 2010 at 10:07 am |
December 7, 2010 10:14 am

Kids at a Catholic Youth Organization camp in Monroe will learn about overcoming challenges on a ropes course dedicated to a young Army lieutenant from Steilacoom who was killed in Afghanistan last June.

Lt. Brian Bradshaw

The high ropes challenge course at the Catholic Youth Organization’s Camp Hamilton in Monroe is to be dedicated next week in memory of Army Lt. Brian Bradshaw, who was 24 when he died last June.

He had been in Afghanistan only three months.

Bradshaw, a 2007 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, was a member of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Richardson, Alaska.

At the time of the young soldier’s death, his father, Paul, told The News Tribune his son wanted to make a difference and “to try and help people.

“That was his hope,” Paul Bradshaw said. “He didn’t go to win a war.”

Bradshaw’s death made national news after his aunt, Martha Gillis, complained in a letter to The Washington Post that the deaths of her nephew and other soldiers were overlooked in the media frenzy over the passing of Michael Jackson, who died the same day as Bradshaw, June 25.

At home, he is not forgotten.

“Out of this sacrifice in the line of duty, Brian’s spirit lives on at CYO Camp Hamilton where he worked and loved,” Megan Raymond wrote in a CYO news release.

Bradshaw’s family and friends raised some $50,000 to build the high ropes challenge course in his honor. The course rises more than 40 feet and includes more than 15 activities designed for kids to learn about facing and overcoming challenges and practicing teamwork.

Bradshaw spent many summers as a youth and then as a young adult college student working at the camp in a variety of roles from dishwasher to cabin leader to mountain bike specialist, Raymond said.

To read more about Bradshaw, see http://www.thenewstribune.com/2009/07/07/802721/the-soul-of-a-real-american-hero.html

Here’s a copy of the news release:

Camp Challenge Course to Honor Fallen Veteran

What: Brian Bradshaw Challenge Course Dedication
When: May 22, 2010 9:30am-1:00pm
Where: CYO Camp Hamilton 25405 Lake Fontal Rd. Monroe, WA 98272
Contact: Megan Raymond 206-382-4562 megan.raymond@seattlearch.org
Website: www.camping.seattleoyyam.org and http://seattleoyyam.org/?page_id=133#HighRopes

After 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw was killed in Action in Afghanistan June 25th 2009 his death made national media attention.

Out of this sacrifice in the line of duty, Brian’s spirit lives on at CYO Camp Hamilton where he worked and loved through a High Ropes Challenge Course built in his honor.

After his death his family and friends contributed more than $50,000 and countless volunteer hours to complete one of the best courses in the state.

Rising over 40 feet off the ground with over 15 activities participants get a sense of real accomplishment, team work, and challenging their comfort zone. It is Mary and Paul Bradshaw’s, Brian’s parents, hope that this course will keep Brian’s adventurous spirit alive through the people who experience the course.

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