Support My Journey
First off, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit my SCOTIABANK® ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER personal Player Page. SCOTIABANK® ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER is a Dawn-to-Dusk fundraising event with the proceeds going towards The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
As many of you know, I lost my mom to cancer in 2009. I know it sounds cliché, but I truly did consider my mom to be one of my best friends. I was one of those insanely lucky kids to have parents who were both extremely supportive and who I genuinely enjoyed hanging out with. My mom was one of those people who went on little-to-no sleep to ensure every holiday, birthday, and special event was memorable. My mom would always find you that gift you never knew you wanted, but then didn't know how you lived without it. She had a laugh everyone knew and could be heard rooms away. Her family was the source of her greatest joys and she was one of those people who did more for everyone else than for herself.
My mom loved a good puzzle. A crossword puzzle was always a favourite and not only did she tackle the occasional New York Times Crossword, she actually completed them! As a fellow lover of words, I was not only impressed, but jealous. In late October 2008, when doing her daily crossword, mom noticed she was having difficulties writing the letters in the boxes. As a perfectionist, and graduate of Teacher's College, mom had the enviable handwriting of an era gone by. Later, when her typing felt halted and she was hitting the wrong keys, we knew there was something wrong. Fearing a stroke, we went to the Emergency room of the local hospital. I sat there with my mom joking and gabbing as we ignored the possibility of anything serious. When, finally, the results of her CAT scan returned - the ER doctor drawing the curtain closed and pulling up a stool - we instantly knew the news was not something we were prepared to hear. My mom had a brain tumor. It was large. Things were terribly wrong.
As it would later be revealed, my mom had stage 4 lung cancer that had metatasized to her brain. Mom had smoked some in Teacher's College and then, many year's later, when stressed, but hadn't smoked a cigarette in decades. She was considered a non-smoker. Yet on October 28, 2008, at the age of 65, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and died only a few months later on February 17, 2009.
There will be over 173,800 estimated new cases of cancer in Canada this year alone. 76,200 of these cases will result in deaths - it's time to take a stand against this devastating disease. That's why I've decided to participate in SCOTIABANK® ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER and help raise money to support The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in their mission to eradicate cancer and improve the lives of those living with cancer.
With the generous support and donations from my friends and family I intend on reaching my goal amount so I can truly help make a difference in the fight against cancer! It’s time to get off the bench and into the game, so please consider supporting my fundraising campaign a donation – any amount helps.