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BRADLEY CUP IN NAVAN HELPS RAISE MONEY IN HONOUR OF PLAYER’S LATE MOTHER

Dandy Family - Left to right... Max (2yrs old), Dave, Kim (Debbie’s daughter), Cara (4), Wayne (Dad), Debbie (Mom), Brayden (8), Shawn (son), Declan (5), Charline.On March 26th, the Bradley Cup was hosted at the Navan Memorial Centre. This long-standing one-day hockey tournament pits local teams from Navan, Cumberland, Orleans, Sarsfield and Vars for bragging rights.   

As any Canadian knows, hockey is about more than the sport. It’s about connection and community. The Bradley Cup has been a mainstay in the communities east of Ottawa since 1929 with a lunch, a spaghetti dinner, live entertainment in the evening, all while raising money for a local charity.

Every year the money raised by the Navan Lion’s Club goes to a different charity. This year, tournament organizer Frank Boyer approached one of the tournament’s participants, Shawn Dandy, whose family lost their mother, Debbie, in February of this year, about where they would like to money to go.

The Dandy family chose to give the $500 raised to Carefor, who supported Debbie through the last months of her five year battle with metastatic colon cancer. “I can’t say enough good things about the support that Carefor demonstrated in supporting us at home while caring for my Mom in her last few months,” says Shawn. “It provided so many silver linings and allowed us to be by her side 24/7 during the most challenging circumstances.”

“It was an easy decision that the donation from the Navan Lion’s Club via the Bradley Cup go to Carefor because of the level of support we received during the end of my Mom’s journey.  It really felt like they were an extension of our family and that the entire team from doctors, nurses, PSWs, case workers and even delivery drivers bringing supplies during nasty February conditions made everything manageable.  Most of all, my Mom felt the love and support, and that meant the world to us.”

“My dad Wayne, sister Kim and myself Shawn (son) along with spouses and 4 grandkids all are extremely grateful!” says Shawn.

We, at Carefor, are grateful to have been able to offer support to Debbie and the Dandy family through this difficult time. We are also grateful to the Dandy family, Frank Boyer, the Navan Lion’s Club and all the participants of the Bradley Cup for their donation to Carefor, which will go to support nurse training and education to help our nurses offer excellent care to people like Debbie.

If you have an event or idea for supporting Carefor, we’d love to hear it. Please reach out to our fundraising manager, Trevor Eggleton at teggleton@carefor.ca 

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