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... the cancer is now gone. But I'm a lucky guy.
Weeks before my 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 is our honourary Co-host for 2019.
The date for this year's event is Thursday, August 15th at the Derrick Winter and Golf Club in Edmonton. Shotgun start is 12:30. ALL proceeds from this event will go DIRECTLY to the Cross Cancer Institute and 50% of this total will help them with more research to help beat Multiple Myeloma.
Great Cause. Great event.
I have a very good friend named Barrie Stafford.
He was a long time member of the Edmonton Oilers as their Equipment Manager and has won many championships. Stanley Cups, Canada Cups, Olympics, World Hockey Championships- it's a long list. But his biggest battle was with Multiple Myeloma a few years ago.
This August we've decided to hold a family friendly, fun event the night before our Day Of Golf. We are calling it 'Toast of the Town: Barrie Stafford'. We hope to make this an annual event focussing on the many others who are helping us beat Cancer.
It's expected many of Barrie's best friends from the Oilers Alumni will be in attendance, plus lots of good friends and casual fans too! Already scheduled to roast/toast Barrie are Glen Sather, Jason Strudwick and Marty McSorley
ALL proceeds from this event will go DIRECTLY to the Cross Cancer Institute for more research to help beat Multiple Myeloma.