In April of 2018 I was diagnosed with early Stage One Kidney Cancer. Thankfully, we caught it completely by accident and fixed it before it became a problem. My doctors told me it was an easy fix... just have surgery to remove my right kidney... that cancer is now gone.
However, I've recently had another battle with cancer. This time stomach cancer and this time the fight was more strenuous and serious. However, we have been weaving through the roadblocks and now after a wonderful clean scan, I can see the light ahead. This just continues to drive my community spirit to help others.
Weeks before my kidney diagnosis, I was asked to join the Golf Committee for the annual Cross Cancer Institute event, held each summer. Thanks to the hard work of everyone, plus the generosity of those who attended and sponsored the event, we raised over 1 million dollars last summer.
Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and Edmonton Oilers great Glenn Anderson has been involved with us for years, and this year for our 31st annual 'Day of Golf' he asked another Hall of Fame star to lead the way. Oilers Number 31 Grant Fuhr lead the way in 2019.
Due to COVID-19 this year's event at the Derrick Winter and Golf Club in Edmonton has been cancelled. But the plan is to return in 2021 with a bigger and better event.
Last February in 2019, we decided to hold a family friendly, fun event the night before our Day Of Golf. We are calling it 'Toast of the Town'. We hope to make this an annual event focussing on the many others who are helping us beat Cancer. But once again, COVID-19 has changed the plans, so no event this past summer, but big plans on the way for 2021.
Our first TOTT event in 2019 saluted long time Oilers Equipment Manager Barrie Stafford. Many of Barrie's best friends from the Oilers Alumni were in attendance, plus lots of good friends and casual fans too! Glen Sather, Jason Strudwick and Marty McSorley took to the stage and the roast/toast was a huge success raising $113,000.
ALL proceeds from this event went DIRECTLY to the Cross Cancer Institute for more research to help beat Multiple Myeloma.