The Story of Avery's Bravery

HeartAvery Bond was born March 13, 2009 and lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her proud parents, Christine and Randy Bond, and her big sister Taylor. Avery had life saving heart surgery at 13 days of age to repair a Coarctation of the aorta (narrowing of the main aortic valve). After surgery Avery developed swallowing issues due to vocal chord damage and she was sent home two weeks later with a feeding tube in her nose.

This strong little miracle fought back hard and is now a healthy, thriving, beautiful little girl who is full of life and lets nothing stop her from achieving what she wants. We want to celebrate Avery’s 3rd year after heart surgery and give back to Sick Kids Hospital for saving her life. We raised $10,000 last year bringing the 4 year total to $30,000.00! Please celebrate with us and join Avery in her ongoing bravery battle.

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What's New for 2014

To celebrate our 5th Year we are holding a special DJ Dance night on April 26th at Curwin's Pub in Rockwood. Tickets are $10 per person and the party starts at 9pm. Door Prizes, 50/50 draw and appetizers. Tickets can be purchased at Rockwood Home Hardware, RBC Rockwood or Curwin's Pub. All Proceeds to SickKids. Keep the party going all day!

As always kids 10 and under have free admission into the Kids 100 meter heart pumper dash, as well as all activities, crafts, games are also FREE!

Magic 106.1 will be doing live caravan reports onsite and we have added bouncy castles and obstacle course for kids and adults. As well 5 km participants will receive technical race shirts this year and 2km participants will receive a tote bag. The first male and female over 50 years old to cross the finish line will receive a free personal training session with Margaret Iutzi of Fit to Be Tried Personal Training.

We welcome Team Rockwood Centennial School this year. Students are working hard to raise money for SickKids this year with their pledge forms. Good luck students!

Race Kit Pickup:

Race Kits pick up details:

Thursday April 24th and Friday April 25th from 5-8pm at the Guelph Running Room Store.

Guelph Mercury Community Partnerships Program

Update on Avery

Avery had some minor set backs this year and was hospitalized for kidney and bladder issues. This will result in surgery to correct the problems this year. Her heart and other checkup have all been great! Nothing slows her down and she has been accepted on the competitive gymnastics team at Saultos Gymnastics. She is a strong, cheerful and very witty little girl!

Special Thanks

To the following for donation of their services during the Event:

Guelph-Eramosa FireFighters
Guelph-Eramosa EMS


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2km Walk




   before April 26, 2014     $15.00
   on April 26, 2014     $20.00

5km Walk/Run




   before April 26, 2014     $40.00
   on April 26, 2014     $45.00
2km Family Rate
    (2 adults and 3 kids)


   before April 26, 2014
   on April 26, 2014


SickKids Foundation


The Bravery Beads Program

Method of Payment:

Cheques made payable to Avery’s Bravery Race.

Entrance Fee includes a tote bag for 2km participants, free medals for the kids 100 metre dash and a technical shirt for 5km participants, admission to the Rockwood Conservation, race kit, fun and a donation to the Sick Kids Hospital. Kids get free medals....and goody bags.





Avery's Bravery Race 2014

Photo credit to Shari Lovell Photography.


Event Schedule
Saturday April 26, 2014

Rockwood Conservation Area

9:00 - 10:00am - Race Kit Pickup

10:00 - Opening Ceremonies with

10:15 - warm up by special guest Margaret Iutzi of Fit-to-be-Tried Personal Fitness Training

10:15 - 100 metre FREE kids Heart Pumper

10:30 - 5KM Walk / Run Begins
There will be face painting, bouncy horses, crafts, interactive demos by Bulldog Interactive Fitness for Youth and Tri City Martial Arts all FREE for the kids.

10:35 - 2KM Family Walk Begins

11:00 - BBQ hosted by RBC Rockwood, door prizes, post race refreshments, free post race massages by Earley Integrated Therapies

Volunteers Needed:

Various duties include course marshals, set up/clean up, food line, race kit pickup, race kit set up, kids craft table. Please contact Christine Bond at 519-856-0066 or via email at All volunteers will be given free race shirts, snacks, refreshments, and admission to the Rockwood Conservation Area. 

High School Students:

This is a great chance to collect some volunteer time towards your community service hours.