Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:59

Local family to drop the puck to celebrate organ donation at Medicine Hat Tigers hockey game

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When Cassidy Creasy drops the puck at the Tigers game on Saturday March 3, her mom, who is also her kidney donor, will be at her side.

Sandy Creasy donated a kidney to her daughter three years ago after Cassidy’s kidneys were damaged by e-coli when she was seven years old. The Medicine Hat family is celebrating Sandy’s kidney donation to Cassidy at a special Tigers game to shine the spotlight on organ donation. Cassidy is now 18 years old, and a first year engineering student at the University of Calgary.
 
The game is part of a 17 game series in the Western Hockey League to raise awareness about the gift of life. The Kidney Foundation of Canada has proudly partnered with the Cherry family, the Western Hockey League, and RE/MAX to promote the importance of organ donation. The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family as Don Cherry’s son, Tim, received a kidney from his sister Cindy. With 4,585 Canadians awaiting organ donation today – 76 per cent of whom need a kidney – the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have created the campaign: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX.
 
“We are grateful to the Cherry family, the Western Hockey League and RE/MAX for teaming up with us to highlight the importance of organ donation,” says Joyce Van Deurzen, Executive Director (Southern Alberta & Saskatchewan), Kidney Foundation of Canada. “Our thanks also go out to the Creasy family for dropping the puck and sharing their heartwarming story.”

Fans will receive a free limited-edition Don Cherry trading card as they arrive to cheer on the Tigers. And 1,000 Tigers fans will receive a special-edition Don Cherry bobble head. Everyone is invited to visit the Kidney Foundation booth to learn about organ donation, and take pictures with a life-sized cutout of Don Cherry.

On the ice, Tigers players will wear unique Don Cherry-themed plaid jerseys. The limited-edition jerseys will be auctioned off in a live auction and silent auction during the game with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the local chapter of the Kidney Foundation.

For more information or to sign up to be an organ donor visit CanadaDonates.ca
 
For interviews with the Creasy family, contact Karen Thomas, Director, Community Relations, Kidney Foundation (SAB), 403.255.6108 x28, 403.651.1112 (mobile), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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