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Sherwood Dodge Takes Part in Neurosurgery Kids’ Fundraiser

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Daniel Elgot is the older brother of Naomi, a child diagnosed with brain cancer who passed away in 2013 at age 8. He is one of the fundraisers involved in this year’s events, and he has set a goal to raise $3,000 in support for Camp Everest in his sister’s memory. He even dyed his hair pink to prepare for the fundraiser. Anyone who wants to donate to his cause, can get involved by submitting a pledge online.

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The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation sponsors a Neurosurgery Kids Fund, which helps neurosurgical children to go to Camp Everest and also to provides funds for bereaving families. Sherwood Dodge is honoured to be part of such a worthy cause as helping the children of this community.

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A Neurosurgery Kids’ Fundraiser is being held on February 11th at John Paul 1 Elementary in Edmonton, Alberta to raise money for kids to go to camp. Camp Everest provides a four-day getaway for children diagnosed with brain and spinal trauma. It offers a bright spot for kids who spend much of their time battling serious illnesses and allows them to feel and act like kids again. The cost is $800 to send just one child to camp.

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Daniels’ mom has created a blog, which provides a more in-depth look at their lives so others can see how disease impacts the life of the child and their family. Readers will see how a community comes together to fight illness in the lives of these children. 

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One of the big events for the Neurosurgery Kids’ Fund is the annual DirtyBirds Charity Hockey Tournament, which will be held on May 27 and 28, 2016. This fourth annual event will be held at Average Joe’s Sherwood Park (May 27th) and Glen Allen Recreation Complex (May 28th). The DirtyBirds hockey team was founded just a few years ago of men who loved the game of hockey and always dreamed of playing. Today, the team also dreams of helping kids experience the joys of life in spite of their physical challenges through their annual charity tournament. They have invited local media celebrities to be part of the tournament, including Tom Gazzola of the Edmonton Oilers. On the backs of their jerseys, instead of their own names, they select the name of a child to wear for the entire season and in the tournament. Today, one player is wearing the name “Zachary” a boy who was part of the Neurosurgery Kids and recently passed away.

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In a little more than three years, the fund has raise more than $265,000 and helped numerous children and their families. In addition to money, the fund needs donations for their auction and sponsorships to help pay for costs, allowing all donations to go to the Fund. To donate items, contact Julie Branco at 780-938-6858 or by email at jewelsbyjewels@hotmail.com. Purchase a ticket for the silent auction for only $20 at Average Joe’s. The auction will be held on May 27, 2016. For this ticket, you receive one free drink and a chance at door prizes. Donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt.

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Anyone with questions regarding the event or any other subject related to the fund can contact the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation at 780-433-5437. Cheques can be made out to The Stollery Children’s Hospital Fund and put NKF in the memo. Online donations can be made at www. dirtybirdshockeytournament.kintera.org. The team at Sherwood Dodge urge you to contribute and help children who need your support.

Scott Held
Sherwood Dodge