GoFundMe page to help family of teen who died in Lynn Canyon

An online fundraising site has been set up to help the family of Cole Marsh, a Terry Fox student who died last week after a fall in Lynn Canyon.

The GoFundMe page was created by Marsh's friend, Jeremy Diffner, as a way of helping the 17-year-old's parents with funeral costs and lost wages.

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"I would like Cole to have the type of [celebration] he deserves, with your donations we could make this happen," Diffner wrote.

He originally hoped to raise $3,000 for the Marsh family but surpassed that within a day. After four days, the total had reached nearly $8,400.

"I am absolutely shocked by how well this has been working out," Diffner wrote in an update on the page. "Whether you have donated or shared this, thank you."

Marsh was at Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver on March 28, the last day of spring break, when he climbed over the safety fence near the suspension bridge and jumped off. He clung to the rocks for about 30 minutes as rescuers tried to reach him but he let go and was swept into the water.

Rescuers have been the site daily but have not been able to safely enter the water to recover Marsh's body. The RCMP helicopter and boat have also been patrolling Lynn Creek and Burrard Inlet.

• If you would like to contribute, go to www.gofundme.com/cnxvbnx8.


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