I'm sure many of you are aware of this "One Match" drive, but can't hurt to get it out in case.
Here is a message from our team captain, Greg Faulkner.
Some of you may have heard me talking about this but we now have all details so its time to get involved. There is a local high school girl named Mackenzie Curran who is in need of a life saving bone marrow transplant. It is a extremely difficult to find a match so the more people we can get involved the better. Queen's will be having a "One Match" drive on November 29th: Biosciences Atrium from 9am-5pm and ARC from 9am-4pm. There is currently a need for males age 18-35 in the bone marrow registry so it will be a great opportunity for us to help out others.
While it is difficult to find a match it is not impossible. When my high school coach was in school one of his fellow students needed a bone marrow transplant and with the help of a One Match drive they were able to find a donor. The more people that get involved the better the chances. Please tell your friends around campus about the drive on November 29th and encourage them to attend. It is very easy to get checked and can even be done from your home. If you could forward this to your parents, siblings and any other family and encourage them to visit this website ( http://blood.ca/CentreApps/Internet/UW_V502_MainEngine.nsf/page/onematch?OpenDocument&CloseMenu ) a package can be sent directly to their house for them to get tested.
Below is the email I received from Mackenzie's father giving more detail. If you have any question feel free to ask me.
I am emailing for our Mackenzie.
She is 16 years old and a good student at Regiopolis-Notre Dame in Kingston. She is involved in many activities including Basketball and Hurdles in Track and Field among other sports and clubs. She has been a great volunteer and a really great daughter. When our family friend was dealing with breast cancer she made bracelets and raised over $1600.00 for Breast Cancer research! That is one of the many things she has done over her 16 years.
Mackenzie requires a life saving bone marrow transplant - she has MDS (myelodyplastic syndrome)!
We are asking for your help to organize a "One Match Bone Marrow" drive at your local High School, unions, work, sports organizations and/or public locations.
I will include the One Match contact info below. They have a very simple system in place to organize the drive. It will include a school assembly (in a high school) and a presentation by the One Match representative. It takes 15 minutes. They will need ten to fifteen "Champions" or volunteer assistants that require only one hour of training. After her presentation, the registration time of all of the donors (which only requires a cheek swab) takes about another hour.
It is very well organized and easy to complete.
There will be a public drive on November 2nd in the Portsmouth village area that anyone wishing to donate at and/or to refer people to donate. Details to follow. Shane Johnston is going to refer all correctional workers to this drive and all other organizations can be directed here and not have to organize a location and date.
The optimal donors are male between 17 to 35, and of course women are also needed.
We have included you in this email because you have a personnel connection with our family. It may be as small as seeing us in a gym or as big as being life long friends. It may be your daughter has done Track and Field with Mackenzie or played basketball with or against her. It may be you know Mackenzie's 20 year old sister Kelsey who has come home from Waterloo University to help our family. It could be a friend of yours who asked for the info be forwarded to you because they have the connection and they said you wanted to help. You may be connected with Doug or Joanne. You may be a friend of Mackenzie's and she hoped you would be a champion of support and would look after your school!
All included have the personality to get involved and help others!!!
Please use Mackenzie's name, age (16) and the fact you now have a personnel connection with our family to encourage all you know to donate either for Bone Marrow or Blood donations for those over 35 or both if possible!
May I ask you to contact your friends or teachers who are at other high schools to encourage them to also organize a Bone Marrow drive at their school. If and when you see how easy the One Match Organization will make doing the drive, I believe it is not to much to ask of your colleagues.
If not you than who?
If not now than when?
Our little family is filled with much love and laughter! We are doing our best with our world being turned up side down. Our family is going to do its best to help the others in their time of crisis.
It is very important to Mackenzie and our family to help the One Match program grow, for our daughter as well the next person and family who will require the use of the BONE MARROW REGISTRY!
We can not express what your help and support would mean to our family. Our daughter is not perfect but she is perfect to our family.
By helping Mackenzie as a potential donor, you could also help save the life of a someone who will be near and dear to someone. Please forward to anyone who may help!
Thank you is not enough and no words can convey what this means to our family!
Doug, Joanne, Kelsey and Mackenzie Curran
PS. Please text me at 613-561-6267 if you need any further info
One Match contact:
Coordinator, Donor Management
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network
Canadian Blood Services
T: (613) 560-7204
F: (613) 560-7192
Oakville Basketball is pleased to present this unique course that focuses on developing the athletes' mind on and off the court. OBC has sought out PX2 , a highly regarded program runner in the field of youth sport psychology to run this program for our players and others in the area that wish to participate.
Date: November 23 & 24
Location: Oakville Basketball Club, 2009 Wyecroft Rd Unit B, Upper Classroom
Registration Deadline: November 4th
PX2 Sports Program
There's a power in how we think. How we think effects the way we act and behave how we think determines whether or not we will be successful in life. There are many nega- tive influences around us that make it difficult sometimes to choose the right thing. PX2® Sports is a program that has been designed to help high performance athletes develop the ability to focus and manage their minds on and off the playing field.
By learning and understanding how the human mind works, how their current habits, attitudes and beliefs shape their expectations for the future, athletes learn that they are in control of the way they think and can use that power to enhance their performance and the way they live their lives.
What keeps us stuck in our realities is that we either lack knowledge and or a process, PX2 Sports provides both. Scientific research from the cognitive psychological world and a proven process designed by the Pacific Institute that is simple to understand and easy to apply.
Studies have shown that with no goals of our own, we become susceptible to the loud- est voice around us-whether it's good for us or not. PX2 teaches the art and science of goal-setting, combined with a thorough understanding of just how we think, so that student athletes come away with self-confidence, self-esteem and a strong ethical center. It is one thing to know 'the right thing," it's quite another to have the confidence to act on it.
Published on Thursday January 17, 2013
Coach Kissi Coach Casey and TRICOUNTY Thunder JUEL in the Toronto Star today in the Sports Section
We’re looking for players who are not graduating from High School or considering Team Ontario for the summer of 2012, players who are looking for exposure to schools south of the border. The summer schedule will include events that are well run and recognized to attract coaches from some of the top schools in the United States.
JUEL Players will receive the first right-of-refusal to represent the league during the NCAA summer “Live Period” during the month of July 2012. At the conclusion of each team selection, unfilled spots will be opened to non-JUEL players.
The 2012 summer schedule will include the events and their dates are listed below:
|July 6-8, 2012||July 9-11, 2012||July 22-24, 2012|
July 25-27, 2011
Practices will take place at St. Martin Catholic Secondary School (2470 Rosemary Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 1X2 and Sheridan College in Oakville (1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 2L1 - JM Porter Athletic Centre) on the following dates:
Note: Dates may change based on exam schedules
REGISTRATION FEE - $500.00 per player
The fees include the following:
Note: Travel and Housing expenses during team workouts and tournament play are not included in the fees. Other arrangements will be made for Players not travelling with their families to and from each tournament.
The 2012 summer schedule will include 2 trips leaving from Mississauga on July 5. The first trip includes travel to Fishers, Indiana to start play on July 6-8 at the USA Tip-Off Classic. After the USA Tip-Off Classic the team will have a travel day and make their way to Lexington, Kentucky to start play on July 9-11 for the “Nike Run for the Roses” then return home.
The second trip will include 2 events; the first will have teams leaving from Mississauga on July 21 heading for Nashville, Tennessee for the “Nike Music City Madness” to start play on July 22-24. Teams will travel on July 24th to Schaumburg, Illinois to play in the “Best of the Midwest Jam” starting on July 25-27 then return home after the conclusion.