We at PITB have a longstanding anti-cancer bias. That may be a controversial stance, but we’ll stand by it. Cancer sucks. But actions speak louder than words; fortunately, there’s a way to take action that involves playing hockey. Tomorrow at noon, the Canadian Cancer Society will be launching Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer for 2012 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena.
Pretty much everyone in the world has been touched by cancer at some point in their lives. For me, it started with my older sister Feather, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 23 years old. She overcame the disease, but it had a profound impact on her life. To her credit, she turned it into a positive, embarking on a public speaking career and inspiring other women in their battle with breast cancer. Her website has more details on her fight with cancer and the actions you can take for early detection of breast cancer.
I was only 11 years old when Feather was diagnosed and didn’t fully understand what was happening. All I knew is that I might lose my big sister and it was terrifying. But I can’t even imagine what my wife went through when she was just a little older than I was.
My wife lost her father to colon cancer when she was 13. A dearly loved pastor, he was, by all accounts, a profoundly good man who didn’t deserve to be taken away from his family and the community that he served so faithfully. My wife had to spend her teens without her father there to support her. Fortunately, he had done such a wonderful job as a father in their time together that she had a firm foundation to work from.
It breaks my heart that my son will only have one grandfather and that I will never get a chance to know the man who helped my wife become the strong, beautiful person she is today.
The more that we can learn about cancer, the sooner we can detect it and find ways to defeat it. If we can learn more about cancer, fewer fathers will be taken away from their families and fewer young women will have their lives turned upside down. If cancer can be conquered, then children won’t have to be terrified of losing their loved ones.
The Canadian Cancer Society started Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer last year in Toronto and it was a phenomenal success. This year is Vancouver’s turn, as the streets of Vancouver will host a dawn-to-dusk fundraising event on October 13th, featuring innumerable road hockey games, musical acts, celebrities, interactive exhibits, and food. The event in Toronto raised $2.4 million for the fight against cancer; let’s make sure that Vancouver beats that record this year.
The event will be officially launched tomorrow, February 17th, with a game of road hockey at noon next to the Roger Neilson memorial statue. The game will feature Canucks alumnus Darcy Rota, the golden pipes of Squire Barnes, a number of local celebrities, cancer survivors, and Pass it to Bulis.
That’s right, Harrison and I will be participating in the road hockey game, because we have apparently been mistaken for local celebrities. Since our love of road hockey is well known (we have an official women’s road hockey team, after all), we jumped at the chance to battle cancer with some street shinny.
Everyone is invited down to Rogers Arena to cheer on the players, hear some testimonials from cancer fighters, and enjoy some refreshments. As a minor (very minor) side benefit, you can also meet us. We’ll be the black guy with glasses and the white guy with a mohawk and beard. If that doesn’t help you recognize us, we’ll also be mediocre at road hockey.
Road hockey is awesome. Conquering cancer is even more awesome. Combining the two: the awesomest. Come out at 12:00 tomorrow to support the cause.Tags: Cancer sucks, Road Hockey, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer