Cliff Boychuk, a Kimberley resident diagnosed with kidney cancer, coordinated the Kidney Cancer Canada fundraiser with the Kimberley Dynamiters this past fall.
The fundraiser was in honour of Norma Ennis, a long-time Kimberley resident and Dynamiters fan, who died from kidney cancer in 2009.
As part of the fundraiser, the Dynamiters wore green kidney cancer jerseys that were then auctioned off. While wearing the jerseys the Nitros went undefeated.
Boychuk provided the following update and information regarding the conclusion of the fundraiser.
He announced in the letter: “The final amount donated to Kidney Cancer Canada Research Fund was $17,099”
The goal for the fundraiser was $10,000.
He then went on to say, “Kidney Cancer Canada and the Kimberley Dynamiters would like to thank the 29 people and businesses who each donated $200 to purchase the special Jersey’s which were worn for the month of November at home and away games.
“Thanks to the 29 generous buyers of the Game Worn Jerseys. The Kimberley Dynamiters went undefeated while wearing the Unique Green Kidney Cancer Logo Jerseys for five home and two away games during the month of November 2018.”
Boychuk then expressed his gratitude,
“[Special thanks to the] Kimberley Dynamiters Junior Hockey team Board of Directors, Coaches and Players for their remarkable effort and co-operation during the fundraiser.
“Al Rice with his team of volunteer cooks and servers for arranging and hosting a fantastic Chicken, Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich Barbecue with salads at the silent auction. Preparing and barbequing the meat.
“R. Remington for driving from Calgary in winter conditions with his special barbecue trailer and then supervised the Barbeque and clean up before driving home.
“Calgary Flames for Team Autographed Jersey donation.
“Special Guest Al Coates former Calgary Flames GM for his donation of a Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames autographed Jersey, a Las Vegas Knights Marc Andre Fleury autographed Goalie Stick and a team autographed Montreal Alouettes Football.
“Jo-Anne Eckersley for the donation of the vintage Mark Messier Autographed Jersey and Photo.
“Josh Lockhart for providing coverage in his news articles and for his internet bidding support.”
And last but not least, “all the people who donated to the cause in kind at the arena and online.”
Boychuk ended the letter with the reminder that the fundraiser was in honour of Ennis.
For Boychuk, he was diagnosed five years ago with kidney cancer, and was given the prognosis of five years. He continues his fight, and can be found cheering on the Nitros at home games.
Personally, I want to say thank you to Cliff for letting me be involved in his awesome fundraiser. It was truly inspirational to be involved with such a motivated and passionate individual. We shall forever be Blackberry Passport fans forever!