As of 8 am Pacific time, Dr. Beth’s epic Longest Game of Hockey For Cystic Fibrosis begins (check out the website for live video of the game). If you live in Ontario like me, that means the puck drops at 11am following the official Opening Ceremonies.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this particular event, I have pilfered some writings directly from Dr. Beth’s blog:
About the Game:
The Longest Game of Hockey for CF is many things. It is:
- a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
- a way to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis
- a tribute to the legacy of Eva Markvoort
- a Guinness World Record attempt by 40 women to play the longest ever game of hockey in the world – 10 days of non-stop hockey!
The world record is currently held by a group of hockey players from Edmonton who played a hockey game in February that lasted for 10 days. We intend to beat their record by 65 minutes.
Clearly this isn’t something that just anybody does. That is to say, anyone who attempts to play 10 solid days of hockey has to be part crazy, part glutton for punishment, or 100% Pure Grade A Awesome. In this case, Dr. Beth is very much 100% Pure Grade A Awesome. What’s even more amazing; she’s using her vacation time to play this game. Seriously. You want further evidence of her awesomeness? Check out this article in the Milton Champion. Not enough? How about this article in the Vancouver Metro? Still not enough? Check out this post on the Vancouver Canucks official website.
For those unaware, Milton is where Dr. Beth and I met. While we both grew up in Milton and went to the same high school (and then the same University), our meeting was a bit more random – thank you to a video store in town whose name I completely forget right now. But our meeting wasn’t without a basis. That is, I sat next to Dr. Beth’s sister Nancy all through high school art class. And since 100% Pure Grade A Awesome is a genetic trait, and since Nancy and I were already friends, it’s easy to see how my random meeting with Dr. Beth resulted in an instantaneous friendship.
So, why am I telling you about Dr. Beth’s game? Simple. Money. She needs the money that you might have jingling in your pocket, or in your wallet, or in your piggy bank. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, she needs it. The goal after all is not to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. The goal is to raise money in support of Cystic Fibrosis research. Lots of money. Mountains and mountains of money. So much money that the science-y types who research Cystic Fibrosis will be able to do all the research they need to figure out better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
If you are feeling donate-y, click the link next to the big orange arrow up there. It will take you directly to Dr. Beth’s donation page. Click it. Donate. Feel good. And then treat yourself to a beverage of your choosing for being so awesome. Like a beer. Or a Gin & Tonic. Or both.
For those of you who can, please also tweet this post, share it on your facebook wall, or pass it along via email. The more people we can inform, the better.
Happy donating :)
- Dr. Beth Comes To Town (consumedbywanderlust.wordpress.com)
- Less Than A Month To Go! (nottobetrustedwithknives.com)
- Cystic Fibrosis steals simple joys (mervsheppard.blogspot.com)
- Patients Explain Living with Cystic Fibrosis [Video] (scientificamerican.com)
- Don’t panic! (nottobetrustedwithknives.com)