Going after Stillman, Druce, & O’Toole
Targeting the Past Success to improve the future for Women in their fight with Cancer-related illnesses. The three past chairs of this event mentioned above have set a high bar. With a couple of weeks until the Petes once again host the Pink in the Rink event on Saturday, February 6th, its time to ramp up the pledges, and if you click my link you can see I have some work to do. In the competitive environment, we all grew up in. I would love nothing more than to crush the past totals. All in good fun, but again this is definitely for something bigger than the bragging rights. Now I will admit., We have a team of former Petes involved, 7 in total. One from each decade representing the 60 yrs of Petes’ History. 50s Pat Casey, 60s Wayne Boddy, 70s Greg Theberge, 80s Jody Hull, 90s Steve Webb, 2000s Jeff MacDougald, 2010s Dylan Wells. So we should be able to do it.
I recall being back in town at the Mem Centre when Peterborough was celebrating Hockey Day in Canada and witnessing what Cory and Mara Stillman and their Family accomplished that night was very moving. From a distance, I followed John Druce’s story with his daughter and efforts he put in when he chaired the Pink In the Rink event and I was in constant contact with Dan O’Toole when he was involved as Chair last year. All of these gentlemen made commitments to this event and did their part to find a potential cure.
I am forever grateful to call these men friends. All have affected my life and others in a positive way. From learning how to train like an NHLer from Cory to spending some hard miles on the bike with Drucer while raising funds for others, to a friend in O’Toole who has been by my side along this journey we call life. One of the things we definitely were not looking to have in common was the effect cancer has had on the people closest to us.
This disease is a different experience for all that are affected. There are survivors and those that have should take a bow for being an example to others, showing that you can win this fight. We also witness families with young children struggling to understand why they have this disease. From nurturing mothers to loving sisters, the amazing aunt that brightens every room she walks in with her laughter and smile. It’s all different, but still the same.
No one can explain to us the rhyme or reason why our families were chosen to go through these fights, but we have been and that’s real. It does however set up the opportunity to put the gloves on or off (your choice) and stand up to fight for the possibility of a cure.
With events like Pink in the Rink, together as a community, we may be able to make improvements for our future generations. We will never know unless we give the people working on defeating this disease the necessary tools to continue the search for a cure.
Please assist this year’s 7 Co-Chairs in Crushing the Past Pink In the Rink events by clicking on the link attached. It all counts. $1-$1000 and everything in between will help in making a difference.
Thanks guys for setting the bar so high.
See You Saturday, Feb. 6th at the Mem Centre.
Please contribute to any of this years Co-Chairs by visiting: www.pinkintherink.ca