It’s a time to celebrate another incredible 24 Hour Charity Challenge in support of the Matt Cook Foundation. We’ve written about it in the past, and every year it just gets bigger and better. With this year’s contribution of over $70,000, the 24-hour hockey game surpassed the $300,000 plateau. When the Matt Cook Foundation began… Read more »
Young adults fighting cancer miss out on a lot.
Help us give some of it back.
24 Hour Charity Challenge April 3-4, 2020
Here we are. It’s 2020, and as we welcome in a new year, we also usher in the 9th annual 24 Hour Charity Challenge in support of the Matt Cook Foundation, presented by Edges Professional Skating Instruction.
The 24-hour hockey game pits Edges instructors’ expertise (and age) against Edges young power skating students. The skaters range in age from learners to juniors, and the different groups are rotated through during the 24 hours. Edges instructors and volunteers have ALL donated their time during planning, and to play the game for 24 hours!
In addition, the Canadian Athletic Club donates the ice and arena staff for the entire 24-hour period! Some of the highlights of the game include an opening ceremony, a silent auction that runs the entire 24 hours, an airplane toss, a celebrity game, a sledge game in honour of Matt’s time on Team Canada, and finishes with dinner and presentations.
Over the past 8 years of playing, the 24-hour game has raised over $300,000, and we are just getting started! Individuals can participate and help in many ways, including pledging a participant or coach, donating auction items to the event, coming down the arena on April 3rd and 4th, or by going online and making a donation. All contributions are sincerely appreciated.
For more information, or to donate, go to www.24hrcharitychallenge.ca.Read More
Imagine missing the best years of your life.
In your 20s, life’s about firsts: first day of university, first real job, first apartment, first love. Spending your 20s in the hospital fighting cancer, cut off from your friends, away from the action—that isn’t supposed to be on the agenda.
Young adults fighting cancer are at a double disadvantage: they’re too old to access the resources of a children’s hospital, and they have barely launched their adult lives. They’re not old enough to have built up their own resources: they often have to move back in with their parents, and they lose touch with friends. They fall into a gap.
The Matt Cook Foundation works to fill that gap—to connect them to some of what they are missing. We can’t give young people back the lives they had before their diagnosis, but we can help keep them connected to friends and family, we can help them feel more comfortable and more engaged, we can help them pass the time as they take on the fight of their lives.
What do we do?
The Matt Cook Foundation supports young adult in-patients fighting cancer. One of the ways we do that is through the MCF Cares Package, which helps them keep in touch with friends and family, be more comfortable during treatment, and stave off the stress and loneliness of staying in the hospital.
Matt was our son, our brother, our friend. His courage and generosity in the face of a rare bone cancer inspired the foundation that bears his name, and our work honours his legacy.