Young volunteers celebrate among thousands of refundable cans collected for Team Keian’s bottle and can drive on Saturday Nov. 19 at the Langley Superstore. In total

UPDATED: Keian’s wish to help others raises nearly $1,000

Annual drive raises money for families affected by childhood cancer. Keian's "Holiday Wish Toy Drive" is on now until Dec. 11.

Keian Blundell’s wish to help others was realized again recently when the community brought in thousands of bottles and cans, raising $988, plus additional fundraising for his annual Team Keian’s bottle drive Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Langley Superstore.

Volunteers who know the Blundells or knew of Keian came out armed with the refundable containers, filling bags and bags.

Three years ago, Langley’s Keian Blundell lost his life to cancer at just six years old, but his generous spirit is living on in two fundraisers carried on by his parents in his name.

Chantal and Ryan Blundell said all the funds raised benefit families affected by childhood cancer.

Friends of the Blundells held the first bottle drive for them at George Preston Centre, when Keian’s cancer returned in 2013.

The Blundells both quit their jobs and moved into a trailer in the B.C. Children’s Hospital parking lot to be at the bedside of their ailing son.

The Langley community rallied around them, with such a tremendous response that special trucks were needed to cart the thousands of donated bottles and cans.

Last year, the Blundells  moved back to Langley, where Keian attended preschool and kindergarten. It’s always been home, said Chantal.

The Blundells, along with their other son, Joren, who is now in preschool, will be at the bottle drive.

“We know Keian would be so proud that we are continuing his goal to help other kids going through cancer,” said Chantal last year.

The Blundells are also continuing another idea of Keian’s.

During his last months of life at Children’s Hospital, Keian decided he wanted to bring toys to kids who were spending Christmas in the hospital. Two weeks before he passed away, he managed to deliver those toys.

Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive lives on. Last year, the Blundells were able to deliver around 1,500 toys to sick boys and girls, with the help of Burnaby RCMP officers dressed in red serge.

Langley residents wishing to contribute a new toy can drop it off at Kids in the Grove, located at West Langley Elementary at 9403 212 St., until Dec. 11. Donated toys will be delivered by the Blundells to B.C. Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

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