Childhood Cancer Awareness Weekend, News (Northumberland Minor Hockey)

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Weekend
Submitted By Michelle Brown on Sunday, September 23, 2018

What an incredible display of compassion and community.  This weekend, our Nighthawks teams hosted their very own Hearts of Gold Childhood Cancer Awareness Event.  At the end of the day, we were able to raise $3,295!

We saw many additional friends and family members visit the arenas to watch their players in action, wearing their special Hearts of Gold jerseys.  You all purchased 50/50 tickets, bid on raffle prizes, and simply offered donations to this very special cause.

It was especially touching to receive all of the support that we did from our visiting teams.  We were amazed that several of them jumped on board to offer donations of their own, they generously donated to our raffle table and many of the players taped their sticks to show their support for our cause. We also saw, several of the 50/50 winners (both home and away parents), donate back their winnings!


We hosted this event on behalf of the Nighthawks, but were so fortunate to have Dave Marshall of Pure Edge Pro Shop and Dave Sommerville of Sommervilles Sporting Goods join us to help raise additional funds!  These are two quality men who have been longtime supporters of minor hockey in our area and we are appreciative of their support.

We are also very grateful to the Northumberland Nemesis Midget Lacrosse team for their very generous donation to the Grace Bowen Tribute Fund.  Their kind gesture speaks volumes about those young men and their fantastic community spirit.

Our hockey community is simply amazing, we all know that.  Time and time again, we are called into action to rally behind something that is important to us all.  There isn't a more deserving cause than this one.


We held this weekend in part to honour Grace Bowen, our sweet, little, hockey loving friend.  She battled cancer like a true warrior - with strength and courage. Grace Bowen and her Power Never Quits motto, continues to be an inspiration for all of us everyday. 

We also have chosen to support Bri VanAllen.  Bri is a young hockey player who is in the middle of her own battle against cancer.  We want her and her family to know, that she is not alone, and that the Nighthawks are rallying behind her.

A weekend like this would not be possible without our fabulous volunteers.  Many thanks to our Special Events Co-ordinator; Rachel Dyson.  Rachel organized this event with the help of all of the Team Managers, and parents.  You all did a fabulous job, and we are very appreciative of your time and willingness to step up and lend a hand.

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