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Andrew Coady's friends to run without pants in honour of his pledge

Grieving has many steps, none of which include running through a busy downtown in your underwear. Until now.
Andrew Coady was chair of the Face Off Against Cancer tournament when he died. (Cox & Palmer)

Grieving has many steps, none of which include running through a busy downtown in your underwear. Until now.

Andrew is just slapping his knee up there thinking about this.- Ben Parsons

A group of Andrew Coady's friends will do just that in Charlottetown on Friday, honouring the young lawyer's final act of kindness.

Coady, 32, died while swimming in New Hampshire earlier this month.

At the time, Coady was chair of Face Off Against Cancer, a fundraising hockey tournament. He was also working to raise $2,500 to enter a team in the tourney.

Ben Parsons will run Queen Street in his underwear to honour Andrew Coady's cancer fundraiser pledge.

One day at lunch he told his wife Laura he had to raise the money quickly, and needed to do something to grab attention. He decided if he reached the $2,500 goal he would run from the front door of his law firm on Queen Street to the bottom of the street — without his pants on.

With Coady gone, Ben Parsons and a group of friends vowed to take up the promise in his place, pledging to perform the trouserless run themselves.

Goal far exceeded

"Andrew is just slapping his knee up there thinking about this," said Parsons.

"This would have far exceeded what he intended to do originally."

As of early Wednesday morning, $13,585 had been pledged, with two more days left to donate to the gofundme campaign. Coady's soon-to-be pantless friends hope they can reach $15,000 by 11 a.m. on Friday.

"It's been very uplifting at a very sad time," said Parsons "In a way to focus on all the things we love about Andrew."

The Cancer Society is planning special ceremony to remember Andrew Coady before the opening puck drop on Friday night. Laura Coady will make the cheque presentation on behalf of the family and friends of her late husband.

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