2013-14 Ref4Rett Season

As the end of summer quickly approaches, Elle has just finished her first day of school and hockey season has started.  Elle is back in Mrs. D’s class for another year of Kindergarten, which she is really excited about.  We want to thank the Youth Ambassador’s at Scared Heart for their frozen smoothee fundraiser in June.  The proceeds of their fundraiser were donated to the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association (O.R.S.A.) in honour of Elle.

As I start to gear up for another officiating season, we are planning on continuing Ref4Rett for the 2013-2014 season.  We had such a successful 2012/13 fundraising season, and fundraising for Rett Syndrome research continues to remain a cause that is so dear to Lory and I.  This means that I will be donating $20 from every game that I officiate this season in the O.HA. to O.R.S.A..  We are also planning on having the 2nd Annual Ref4Rett Fundraising Event with the Paris Mounties at their last regular season home game on February 1st, 2014 against the Burford Bulldogs.  We are hoping that a combination of donations, sponsorships and items sold at our Silent Auction to exceed the $48,166 that we raised for research last season.

Lory and I are just in the process of preparing our application to O.R.S.A. and I am officiating some exhibition games this week.  So the fundraising season begins!!

Keep up-to-date on what is happening with Ref4Rett by following our blog or on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.  Thank you for all the support that everyone has shown us as we continue our efforts to raise awareness and hope to one day find a cure for Rett Syndrome.

Thank You

This Ref4Rett journey started just under a month ago, and I have to say that I am so incredibly overwhelmed at the outpouring of support for both myself, my family and for Ref4Rett.

I need to thank the members of ORSA for jumping on board and fully supporting the Ref4Rett initiative…I really wouldn’t have been able to pull this together so quickly without their support.

Thank you to our family, friends and colleagues who have all been so supportive – emotionally, through donations and by helping to spread the word about this most worthy cause.

The most surprising in all of this, are those acts of kindness from perfect strangers, who with so much compassion, are willing to go above and beyond to help me achieve my goal.

With just under two months left until game day, I’m hoping that everyone can continue to help to spread the word and raise awareness.  Remember you can always “like” Ref4Rett on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

Thanks again!!   Your love, compassion and generosity do not go unnoticed.