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Barrie senior takes a walk ... along the top of the CN Tower!

Senior marks 88th birthday at the top of CN Tower

You are never too old for a new dream.

Just ask 87-year-old Gloria Ruttkay, a self-confessed adrenalin junkie, who has just made a long held wish come true by doing the Edgewalk at Toronto's CN Tower.

Ruttkay who resides at the Amica at Barrie mentioned her desire to her Life Enrichment Coordinator Karissa Boyce who made contact with the Senior Wish Association ,who took it from there.

Today, Gloria went 116 storeys up and walked around the perimeter of the CN Tower.

The group of  women were attached to an overhead safety rail by a trolley and harness system and able to lean back to view Toronto from a whole new angle.

Joining Gloria on the Edgewalk were the Amica's Karissa Boyce and Laura Wright.

Ruttkay is no stranger to adventure. She once climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, spent 22 days hiking in China and completed two half-marathons - all after her 60th birthday.

"I never even exercised before I was 54." says Ruttkay

Senior Wish Association Founder Barb Richards says "It's all about making this a memorable day for Gloria."

To that end. a new corporate charter coach from Summerbound Ace Transportation, in Collingwood, made this its first official outing.

Driver Bob Hagerman said: "It's exciting to be making the first run with the new bus and especially meaningful to be included in this experience."

Heading out for the adventure, Gloria was beaming saying "I'm excited but I am just not used to all this attention."

She returns with an official picture of her accomplishment, a video of the feat and a thousand memories.

A small group of seniors and Amica at Barrie staff made the trip to Toronto to offer moral support.

As for what's next, Gloria says with a gleam in her eye: "Well, I don't think I'm done yet!"

It was also fundraising by students at the Kempenfelt Bay School that made this trip possible.

Last year, Senior Wish improved the quality of life through social connections for over 4 thousand seniors in the Barrie area through its various programs including Wish Granting, Adopt A Senior and Christmas Wish.


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