August 11, 2016 will mark a decade since Maureen and Hans lost their youngest boy. Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom was killed by a suicide bomber attack while serving with the 1st Field Ambulance in Afghanistan. He was 23, in the final days of his seven-month deployment. Andrew, or Boomer as he as called by his fellow soldiers, was the 26th Canadian killed in Afghanistan and the first Canadian medic to die since the Korean War.
It was that day in 2006 that the Eykelenboom family, who reside here in the Comox Valley, formed a bond the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that would impact the lives of thousands in Canada and around the world. The 9th annual Friends of Boomers Legacy B.C. Bike Ride takes place this weekend to raise funds to “Help Our Soldiers, Help Others”. For more information on this grassroots foundation administered under the Support Our Troops Program as a part of the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) go to: https://www.cfmws.com/en/SupportOurTroops/OurFunds/Boomers%20Legacy/Pages/Boomer%E2%80%99s%20Legacy.aspx