2018 will be the 8th consecutive year team LEX will participate in RHCC. Almost all of our players have participated throughout this entire time to raise money for cancer research in memory of Alexis and others who have had to deal various forms of cancer.
"YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE ... UNTIL BEING STRONG IS THE ONLY CHOICE YOU HAVE"
People often ask us what is the significance of "28". The Hebrew digits for the number "28" also spells the Hebrew word "Koach" meaning "strength". During Lex' battle with leukemia the number would often be relevant to significant events - whether it was the date of diagnosis / relapses, our house #, date of birth of her mom and sister, the address of the apartment (both street and suite number) in Tel Aviv, a word found in her favourite quote above, the date of her passing being December 28th in Toronto while in her 28th year. Even all these years later, 28 reappears in our day-to-day lives.
2017 was extra special as our team raised over $35,000 - more than any other year - a leading community-based team (of 24) - and 11th of 154 teams. Steven Levitt and Rick Wronzberg were able to participate in the Celebrity / top fundraisers hockey game against some of our hockey heroes of the past.
Our 2017 celebrity was Dave "Tiger" Williams. He made a comment in a video that day: "I played with an awesome group" (he also stated that he was the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd star). During the celebrity / top fundraiser game, he was the only celebrity not to cover his team jersey with the red celebrity team jersey. It was emotional seeing two LEX 28 jerseys in the rink in front of hundreds of people - even the video / pictures picked up the picture of LEX on the sleeve. He had glowing comments about our team when Rick saw him the next day at an autograph signing with Al Iafrate at our friend, Hersh Borenstein's store - Frozen Pond.
"LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS ... IT'S ABOUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN"
Alexis lost her 6+ year war with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ("ALL") on December 29, 2010 while in Tel Aviv (28th in Toronto) recovering from the experimental haplo-identical stem cell transplant and t-cell therapy as a result of a liver infection. Despite the many ups and downs she encountered, she was strong throughout.
Over the past 7+ years we have seen and read about other significant advances in cancer treatment - cancer research is evolving every day - your continued support does help find cures / treatment for cancer. The treatments / procedures Lex had in Israel are now being used in Canadian hospitals including Sick Kids.
Thank you in advance for you continued support.
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