15th ANNUAL MIXED SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT 2005
Article below from the MUHC Website www.muhcfoundation.com
This edition of the Deux-Montagnes Annual Mixed Tournament marks a milestone in the event's history. For the first time, the players will go to bat for charity. The MUHC Foundation and tournament organizers have joined forces to raise funds for a fantastic cause, with all proceeds going to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program (AYA) at the MUHC
Initiated in March 2003 by Dr. Petr Kavan, this innovative program addresses the unique needs of cancer patients between 18 and 29 years of age. It is the first of its kind in Quebec to offer a distinctive treatment approach to this particular age group, whose experience with the disease is often markedly different from their older counterparts. Today, the program has about 60 patients, some 20 of whom are currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Rock Holt was one of Dr. Kavan's first patients at the AYA Clinic. Diagnosed with cancer when he was only 15 years old, Rock underwent a rigorous and exhausting treatment regime that included surgeries, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants. Nevertheless, the cancer proceeded to spread throughout his body. After a prolonged and courageous fight, he succumbed to the disease last fall. He was 23.
Softball was a lifelong passion for Rock. In previous years, he participated in the Annual Mixed Tournament not only as a player, but as an organizer. In honour of his contributions, this year's organizers hope to raise $10,000 to benefit the AYA Program and help it continue its fight against a disease that touches the lives of thousands of young Canadians each year.
To help them meet their goal and spur on the players who are generously donating their time and talents, please call Monica McDougall at the MUHC Foundation at 514-931-5656. For those who prefer to get onto the field, the team roster is nearly full, but a few spaces remain! The deadline for registration is July 22, 2005. For more details, please contact Margie Lavallée at 450-974-7412