Kayla Thomas and her brother Brandon

The family and friends of Cochrane's Brandon Thomas have organized the “Cruze for Jr. 2013” event.

Their mission is to complete a special trip to British Columbia that Brandon wanted to take this summer.

Sadly, because the popular, much-loved teen was killed in a tragic car crash while coming home from work by an alleged impaired driver, he'll be making the ‘road trip’ in spirit.

The ‘Cruze’ will begin on Tuesday, July 2, at Mitford Pond in Cochrane.

From 11 am to noon, there will be guest speakers including a member of Families for Justice.

So far, about 70 people are participating in this tribute to Brandon.

The ‘Cruze’ itself will see the group camping, collecting petition signatures, and meeting with media in six different towns in B.C.

The B.C. Chapter of Families for Justice have organized campground sites and media coverage in Revelstoke, Kelowna, Merritt, Chilliwack, Surrey, Hope, and Penticton.


Brandon Thomas loved his truck and he enjoyed a bit of off-roading occasionally. The evidence here is from the May 2012 long weekend.

The following Tuesday, July 9, the group will be back in Cochrane at the stage area of Mitford Pond Park at around 5 pm, where they'll be given a homecoming following what will likely be an emotional though healing trip for Thomas' family and friends.

Live entertainment will be provided by some of Cochrane's talented youth, including Lucas Chaisson.  

Volunteers will provide a BBQ dinner and refreshments for all who attend the welcome back portion of the ‘Cruze’.

There will also be an opportunity for people to sign the Families for Justice Petition, being presented in the House of Commons by Wild Rose MP Blake Richards.

There has been a Royal Bank account set up in the name of 'Cruze for Jr. Brandon Thomas' (Account #09974-5057815) where donations will be directed to student scholarships in Brandon’s name.

As well, donations or any sponsorship is welcomed and appreciated to help the youth organizing and participating in this impaired driving awareness campaign in Brandon’s memory. 

The majority of those involved are teens/young adults. The proceeds will help to cover campground fees along the way, fuel costs, and other related trip expenses.

Source: Discover Airdrie



Last updated on: 2013-06-22 | Link to this post