2007 4th Annual

OPENING CEREMONIES:   Dan O’Neill, MC for the Tournament congratulated players, volunteers and spectators on the monies raised through the Tournaments to date.  On hand was Kaitlin Unterman of PMHF who confirmed that the money raised was going to Dr. Jonathon Irish of PMH for skull base research, and in particular Image Guided Therapy (GTx).  The St. Peter’s Choir sang english and french versions of Oh Canada, and two local boys – Calvin Gasper and David Louch participated in the Opening Pitch to get the games started!

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:   As in year 3, we continued the Tournament with 32 teams, a 3-day weekend which included a Friday night Fish Fry, two nights of live entertainment, the ever-popular Silent Auction, BBQ/Concession and the Beer Tent were all busy!  This year the introduction of a Fireworks display on Saturday night was a tremendous success!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN BEER TENT:  Friday Night – everyone enjoyed dancing to The Dirtly Little Swing Thing and on Saturday night – Parry Sound’s own 8Minutes2Live (drummer Aaron Higgins – Rachel’s brother) rocked the night away to everyone’s delight!

PHOTOS:  This is just one of the memories from the weekend. 2007-Spirit-Award-Winner-Joanne-HigginsClick on the photo and see Tournament photos on our RACH Fund Facebook Group page.  Please feel free to add any others that you may have to this year’s Tournament or any of our other Tournaments!

SPECIAL NOTES:  Another addition to the weekend was the presentation of a ‘Georgian Bay’ Rock that was carved with the words “Spirit Award”.  It was “Presented to Someone who Exemplifies the Spirit of the Rachel Higgins” and whose enthusiasm and dedication to making a difference to those living with cancer through the RACH Fund and it’s Tournaments.  It was a hands-down decision that Rachel’s mother, Joanne Higgins, RACH-Spirit-Awardreceive this very special award.  Without a doubt, the Tournament would not be the success it has been without her motivation and desire to continue with Rachel’s spirit of love and giving.






RACH Raises Over $46,000 For Brain Tumour Research

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This year the funding will be directed towards supporting a student to do a
Master’s degree in developing the image guidance system.  Dr Allan Vescan
has just returned from a year of training in Pittsburgh where he was working
with the skull base group in Pittsburgh on minimal access techniques.  In
addition, the funds will be used to support Emma Barker from England who is
going to work with our group for a year.  We have updated the
esthesioblastoma paper on our experience at the PMH and this is going
through revisions with Dr Gideon Bachar from Israel and Dr David Goldstein.
It should be submitted for publication by September and I will send you a

This funding has been absolutely essential in moving our image guidance
program forward.

Thanks to you and all of your supporters for ensuring Rachel’s fighting
spirit is carried on.

Jonathan C Irish MD MSc FRCSC FACS
Chief, Department of Surgical Oncology, University Health Network and Mount
Sinai Hospital
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of
610 University Av 3-952  Toronto, ON Canada M5G 2M9
office:  416 946 2149 fax: 416 946 2300