Hockey rising up against Cancer!
This weekend I am playing in a hockey tournament called the Sue Deacon Cup. Sue was a great person that was taken too early from us by Ovarian Cancer. In her memory, her family has created this excellent way of both celebrating her life and raising money to help research the battle against cancer.
I have many reasons to be involved in an event like this. Sue was a student at my hockey school; Joy of Hockey and I got to know her and admire her strength, courage and total love of hockey. I had to kick her off the ice every week. She always had questions about how she could improve and she was already a really good player. If I knew that our fundraising in this tournament could extend the life of another person like Sue by even one year then this is a good cause. If we are the building blocks towards understanding more about Ovarian Cancer and cutting down on the number of people who get it by new methods of research, testing etc. then this is a good cause.
Part of the way we can beat cancer is by gathering as friends, sharing our joy (in this case of hockey!) and not let Cancer diminish our spirit and love for life. The Sue Deacon Cup is not only a hockey tournament but a community event where the arena is "lifted up" by the joy we share on the rink and then again at the big party at the end of the weekend.
I lost my Mom Isobel Posgate (her Birthday is on Friday) to Cancer. She was in her early fifties and me in my early twenties. It is not fair. It is easy to get mad. I think it is better to gather together and celebrate. Rise above. Raise money for research and support for the future generations and enjoy every day.
If you can afford it, please sponsor me in my fight against Cancer this weekend playing hockey at the Sue Deacon Cup.