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Remembering Grace
Submitted By Michelle Brown on Friday, March 16, 2018
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Nighthawks Hockey is love for the game and fantastic community spirit.

Those are two things that also represent Grace Bowen.

Although Grace was not a Nighthawk, she was a super hockey player, she was also an avid hockey fan. She simply LOVED hockey!  Grace's Dad; Greg, has volunteered his time for the past 2 years to help coach within the Nighthawks organization.  Last year, his Major Peewee AA team became the first AA team within the NMHA to go all the way and capture the OHF championship. There is no doubt that Grace was their biggest supporter!

Grace was the epitome of strength and courage.  Three years ago, sweet Grace passed away after her brave battle with Osteosarcoma.

During her fight, Grace Bowen touched our community in very meaningful ways and her legacy is strong and powerful!

Grace is remembered daily in our community, namely by her Wild Hockey Team, her Nighthawks counterparts, her school, her friends, and most importantly, her family. A day does not go by where you don't see a GB#23 vehicle sticker, children walking the halls at school wearing t-shirts honouring Grace, or an event in the community raising funds and awareness on her behalf.  She is remembered dearly by those who loved her and those who never even had the privilege to meet her.  She is still very much leading the "Power Never Quits" movement to help defeat this terrible disease.

Grace continues to bring awareness to childhood cancer in a very real and meaningful way. It is underfunded, unimaginable and unfair.

But more importantly, Grace has taught us all very mature lessons about strength, courage, and love.  She is proof that community spirit is alive and well and when we all come together - we can make change happen.

June 2nd, 2018 will mark the 3rd Annual Grace Bowen Family Fun Day.  Our community comes out in droves to enter the ball hockey tournament, play in the giant cake walk, and most importantly, remember Grace.

If you would like to support this event, we are welcoming all Nighthawk teams to donate a gift card for a "Gift Card Tree" which will be donated to the Raffle table on behalf of the Northumberland Nighthawks Families.

Please contact Michelle Brown at [email protected] or Andrea Bowen at [email protected] for more information.

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