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“Thank you for saving my life,” Dawson Creek’s bear attack fundraiser nets more than $60K

Love from the heart of the city.

A fundraising dinner with a large silent auction component and more has brought more than $60K for bear attack victims Analyn Shurtliff, and her friend Leosette Canoy.

“Thank you is not enough,” said Canoy Thursday afternoon.

“When we were first rescued people were saying it was 50/50 for me, and I am here today,” she said.

"We are strangers to this community, but its love and heart is with us."

The pair were viciously attacked last month while walking through the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association trails.

Shurtliff also thanked Canoy. “Thank you for saving my life.”

Conservation officers noted on October 3 an adult male black bear charged the pair’s group, severely injuring the women.

Before organizer Ed Mah presented more than $30K to each of the women, the Kids Club of Dawson Creek presented the pair with $3,423 from a community hot dog sale

“Stay strong, be strong, and get healthy,” said Mah to the pair.

A pair of online fundraisers for the pair brought in and additional $18,000 and $17,000 each.

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