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COVID-19 survivor in North Vancouver walking 200 laps, raising money for women

Last Updated Jun 23, 2020 at 9:29 pm PDT

(Courtesy: Caroline Croft)

A 91-year-old COVID-19 survivor is looking to complete 200 laps at her North Vancouver care facility

Patricia Grinsteed is trying to raise money for the North Shore Women's Centre

Her goal is to raise ten thousand dollars by Canada Day

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A 91-year-old COVID-19 survivor is getting her steps in for a good cause.

Patricia Grinsteed wants to grind out 200 laps at her Lynn Valley Care Centre home to raise money for the North Shore Women’s Centre. And she’s well on her way.

Grinsteed tested positive for the coronavirus while living in the Lynn Valley Care Centre, which has been one of the province’s biggest outbreak sites. And she said bouncing back wasn’t easy.

“The energy level was so low. I thought at the time it was the worst recovery I’ve ever experienced because it dragged on and on,” Grinsteed said.

“I’m past all that now, and the walking has helped me so much. Even when this fundraiser is over, I’m going to keep walking. I’ve found my way to keep going.”

She credits her daughter for helping her come up with the idea to walk the laps.

“Between us, we came up with the idea, and it was my idea that I would walk for women,” Grinsteed added.

Grinsteed will be getting her steps in until July 1 at a rate of five laps a day. It works out to 162 steps per lap.

She also tells NEWS 1130 she’s been able to see her daughter this week – from behind plexiglass – for the first time in months.

“It was lovely. We just had time to talk. We enjoyed every moment of it,” Grinsteed says with a laugh.

The money raised will be going to the North Shore Women’s Centre because Grinsteed feels for those who may have felt trapped in an abusive home situation during the quarantine.

To make a donation visit Walking for Women.