Sponsor Tournament

SPONSOR THE TOURNAMENT THROUGH A DONATION OR SILENT AUCTION ITEM! 

Make a Monetary Donation by making a Donation Now

OR donate a Silent Auction Item (see below)

Read Joanne & Tom Higgins’ Sponsor Request Letter below to learn how you can become involved….and 2018 Donor Agreement Form 

PLEASE NOTE, for more information on donating Silent Auction Items, please contact Dr. Erin Axt, 3 Church Street, Parry Sound, ON P2A 1Y2 or call at 705-746-1212

 

Batter Up!  The (RACH) 3-Pitch Tournament is June 22-23, 2018

We are almost there!   Once again, with your help and support we are set to cross home plate raising …….

ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR CANCER RESEARCH AND CANCER CARE!

In memory of our daughter Rachel, the RACH Fund was formed to support the critical brain tumour research of Dr. Jonathan Irish through the University Health Network,  GTx ,  ( Image Guided surgery), and the building of a new OR at Toronto General Hospital.

In November of 2003 during her 2nd year of Optometry School at the University of Waterloo, Rachel was diagnosed with an olfactory neuroblastoma.  The tumour had spread through her sinuses and into the frontal areas of her brain.  Rachel fought with courage, tenacity and grace as she underwent three surgeries, two rounds of radiation and seven rounds of chemotherapy.  In August 2005, Dr. Rachel Anne Cecilia Higgins was promoted to angel status.  In 2017, the RACH donated $52,200.00 to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

In 2009 Rachel’s brother, Aaron, was diagnosed with PEComa, a very rare type of cancer.  Not to be outdone by 12 hours of a major transplant-like revolutionary surgery, Aaron determined that he had a higher calling.  On the heals of his Engineering degree, Aaron attended medical school at RCSI in Dublin, Ireland.  Flying home numerous times for medical care, Aaron celebrated graduation with his family and a round of golf at the old course at St. Andrews in Scotland.  Dr. Aaron Higgins began his career in family medicine in Winnipeg before transferring to NOSM in Parry Sound in 2014.  Aaron subsequently became closely reacquainted with Cancer Care at the West Parry Sound Health Center.

Despite the powerful grasp of his family and friends, it became obvious that Rachel had put his name in for an elite foursome on a heavenly course and he left us just before Christmas 2016.  Aaron’s ability and determination to maintain his focus on dispensing care to his community, while himself receiving care, gave us inspiration to try, in some way, to give back to the community.  RACH Fund donated $42,500.00 to Cancer Care through the West Parry Sound Health Center Foundation in 2017.

We continue to pursue both Rachel’s and Aaron’s wishes during our 15th year in 2018. In 2019, we as a family and with many of our friends will continue to fight from the sidelines, by raising money under the RACH Fund umbrella.  We are excited to share, that the Rotary Club of Parry Sound will continue to raise money for the RACH Fund and Cancer Care at WPSHCF by continuing to host the Rotary RACH 3-Pitch Tournament from 2019 forward.  

Collectively we will beat cancer in our lifetime.  Comfort those who fight this horrid disease.  Bring courage to families, friends and communities that raise arms when their loved ones cannot.  We are thankful for the generosity you have extended to us in the past and invite you to join our efforts once again.

Sincerely,

Joanne and Tom Higgins