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Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gather in Spokane Valley to remember life of Ryan Holyk

Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil Thursday night to remember the life of 15-year-old Ryan Holyk.

Ryan was on is bike in a cross walk when he was struck by a sheriff deputy's patrol car May 23 as the deputy raced to call. He was taken off life support Wednesday afternoon.

Friends and loved ones gathered at the intersection of Sprague and Vista where that accident happened, sharing stories and recalling memories of a young man who was full of life.

"Some months he would just come up with random words and they would be his favorite words," said his friend Riley Baldwin. "Not too long ago his favorite word was llama."

Ryan's family announced on a Facebook support page that they would be donating his organ's in the hopes of providing a miracle for another family in need. Friends say that's exactly what he would have wanted.

"He helped somebody else, that's what he does, that's what he did," said friend Danielle Bennett. "Hearing all these stories from all the kids, that's all he did."

Ryan's family was not at the vigil. They said on Facebook they weren't ready yet, but appreciated the support.

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Crowdsourcing funds child's special needs bike in 11 hours

Eleven hours. That’s all it took for the community to fully support a gofundme campaign to get a special needs bike for five-year-old Chace Thomas. Not only was the campaign fully funded, but generous donors supported the Thomas family to $1,000 past their goal of $3,000 to purchase the bike.

Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

Good Samaritan helps woman recover stolen identity

What started with curiosity ended with the return of stolen belongings after a Good Samaritan stopped a man acting suspiciously in Spokane Valley and helped reunite a woman with her stolen identity.

It can be so frustrating when your belongings are stolen; Rebecca Lanterman's were taken right out of the lobby of her skin and wellness business within seconds.

"I heard a noise, I looked up to the front desk through my closed circuit," she said.

It was a jump start to her morning that Lanterman never expected.

"Came out and a fellow was going out the door," she said.

It happened Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. and when she checked the only thing missing was her purse from underneath the desk. It was the only thing missing, and her associate just missed seeing the man who stole it.

A quick report to Crime Check but all seemed lost, gone, until Ty Brown was driving down Pines and saw a man carrying a purse.

"Just tossed it off to the side and was continuing looking through stuff on the way down the walk here," Brown said.

Brown got out of his car to investigate.

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Man proposes to girlfriend after Bloomsday

Tom Curalli defines what it means to be a Bloomie.

"Today is a big day, it's my 35th Bloomsday," said Curalli.

Curalli said he would never miss a Bloomsday. He loves how the race brings the community and families together. The theme of togetherness inspired him to make this day about the most important person in his life.

"I'm going to propose to my girlfriend at the finish line in front of a lot of a lot of people," said Curalli.

Curalli has prepared for the big day since February. He chose not to share the plan with anyone, and the anticipation was starting to get the best of him.

"I'm pretty excited, a little nervous, had a bit of trouble sleeping last night,"said Curalli.

The couple have been dating for about a year, but have been close friends for nearly six.

Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Wheelchair athletes ready to take on Bloomsday course

Each year, at least 50,000 people run, walk or even wheel their way through the Bloomsday course, and its become an annual tradition for wheelchair athletes Scott Parson and Edwin Figueroa.

"The course is really challenging and the field is great, a lot of competition," Parson said.

Parson and Figueroa touched down in Spokane Friday fresh from California. Parson has won the wheelchair race the last two years.

"The older I get, the younger they get so it's going to be tough this year," he said.

This year is Parson's 15th Bloomsday while Figueroa has raced it a dozen times. Each year they always mark their calendars for this race.

"The group of people that put the race on, they really make it good for all the wheelers to come back," Parson said.

The wheelchair athletes are greeted at the airport and then taken to their hotels, with equipment in tow, by STA.

"They see everybody equal, from elite runners to able bodies, it's a good group," Figueroa said.

While they're looking forward to the race, they're both like every other athlete getting ready for the course. They're dreading Doomsday Hill.

Age not a factor for veteran Bloomsday runner

Age not a factor for veteran Bloomsday runner

We've always been told, age is just a number and Bloomsday runner Jeff Corkill is proving that age old adage is still true.

Come Sunday Corkill, who is 70, will be running in his 29th Bloomsday.

"I don't see stopping for awhile," he said. "A lot of my colleagues aren't but I'm still at it, as long as my legs will keep going and I will keep running."

Over the years Corkill has racked up an impressive amount of hardware at the Bloomsday finish line.

"This is my hall of age group medals from Bloomsday, most of them are first place ones, there is a couple of second places in there," he said.

In all, Jeff has won his age group 20 times and is the second most decorated runner in Bloomsday history. This year with a new age comes a new goal.

"Last year I was just over 50 minutes so I'm hoping I can do just under 50 minutes this year, I think that would be a nice target," he said.

That figures out to be about a steady 6 minute, 45 second mile but, at 70 years young, Jeff's not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon.

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

A Spokane World War II veteran shot in combat received his Purple Heart almost 70 years after the battle in which he earned it.

It's been a long time coming for 90 year old Lloyd Phillips.

And by all accounts it's an incredible story that starts with Phillips almost missing the boat to battle.

"When we got to Camp to ship over, in New York, I came down with appendicitis, scarlet fever, and measles. So I missed the boat. But I caught the next boat with the 574", says Phillips.

Fast forward to April 1945. Phillips' Army unit was on a convoy in Germany when they were ambushed.

"And they shot Rose, my partner, and they shot our gunner, and I couldn't get him out of the turret of the gun."

Taking fire, Phillips ran toward a building where he saw American GIs. That's when he was shot. Twice.

"I was holding my rifle at port arms. The bullet hit the rifle and ricocheted up through my helmet. The other bullet went on the side of my cheek and the bottom of my ear... it went all through my arms."

Cut and bleeding, Phillips made it inside only to find the GIs were P.O.W.s under German guard.