British Columbia

B.C. man auctions off hockey skate wood carving to raise money for B.C. Children's Hospital

A B.C. dad commissioned the wood carving, which features Coast Salish elements, to be auctioned off in a fundraising effort to honour health-care workers at B.C. Children's Hospital, who helped save his son.

Artists Ryan Pakkalen and Chris Sparrow created the wood carving

The unique wood carving was a collaboration between artists Ryan Pakkalen and Chris Sparrow. (Live Auction World)

A B.C. man is auctioning off a unique wood carving of a hockey skate to raise funds for B.C. Children's Hospital.

Dan Wickstrom says he had been inspired to organize a fundraiser for a while to honour the health-care workers who helped save his son's life.

Wickstrom commissioned artist Ryan Pakkalen to make a wood carving of a skate mounted on a puck, as well as Musqueam artist Chris Sparrow, who added Coast Salish elements. The piece stands 24 inches tall, and is 18 inches long.

Jeff Schwartz of the reality TV show The Liquidator will be auctioning off the item, with all proceeds going to B.C. Children's Hospital.

Wickstrom says his son spent three days in hospital after falling into a coma back in 2016.

"He had minimal brain activity and we were told to expect maybe the worst," he said.

He says hospital staff not only took care of his son, who was one-and-a-half at the time, but also him and his wife during a time that could only be described as a parent's worst nightmare.

Full recovery

While his boy was in intensive care, nurses gave Wickstrom a room to sleep in and brought a twin bed to the ICU so his wife could co-sleep with their son, as he was non-responsive and had almost no brain activity. 

Then he made a full recovery. 

"He's just an average seven-year-old now," Wickstrom said. "He's just climbing trees and riding BMX and skateboarding and doing whatever else." 

"He's alive and we're sitting here talking about the good times, not the stuff that could have happened," he said. "I literally owe that to B.C. Children's Hospital."

A viewing of the carving will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT, at Direct Liquidation on 2306 Madison Ave. in Burnaby. The auction starts at 10 a.m. PT Sunday.

Wickstrom's fundraiser has been approved and endorsed by the B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation.

Proceeds from the auction of the wood carving will go to B.C. Children's Hospital. (Live Auction World)