The NHL Player’s Association Goals and Dreams Foundation has granted Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC) with a bursary to supply new  hockey equipment for the 2016 season for diagnosed children and their siblings. Through one amazing man- Derek MacKenzie and Skater’s Edge Source for Sports in Sudbury, this was all made possible. Skater’s Edge SFS was honored to be selected as the exclusive retailer for this great cause. In addition, the staff at Skater’s Edge SFS enjoyed meeting every player one on one and spent time assessing their individual needs. Derek MacKenzie is a member of the Florida Panthers (NHL) and former standout out for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Mackenzie holds a golf tournament in Sudbury, Ontario every summer to support NOFCC. The Hats for Heroes Tournament has raised $245,000 for NOFCC in 7 year’s.

NOFCC is a Canadian registered charity which is not government or hospital funded, and relies solely on community fundraising and public donations in order to assist approximately 200 families in Northern Ontario with the costs of having to travel and receiving for pediatric cancer treatment across Ontario. The charity offers a total of 20 programs, such as financial support and reimbursement programs, palliative support services, tutoring, bursaries, and support groups to families battling childhood cancer. To learn more about NOFCC programming and services, how you can help, or to make a donation, please visit the website www.nofcc.ca


“I would just like to take a moment to share something with you all. Tonight my son and I went to Source for Sports for my son to get fitted for new hockey equipment. This was made possible by Source for Sports Sudbury and Derek Mackenzie teaming up to help out families who have been directly effected by cancer. My little family know the effects of cancer all too well. Almost 3 1/2 years ago my husband passed away from brain cancer, he was 31 years old. Our son Cameron was 6 years old when he passed away. Losing a loved one changes your life completely and we learned that cancer does not discriminate, it effects anyone of any age. My son Cameron will be 10 years old this month and for a 10 year old he has been through more than most, from seeing his dad sick to saying good bye. Hockey has been a blessing for both him and I and we have been blessed by many angels to help make it possible for Cameron to play hockey and Source for Sports and Derek Mackenzie have been added to that list of angels. You made such a difference to my little family and I know our Angel in heaven is looking down and thanking you as well. You all are amazing and you are making a difference in many children’s lives. Thank-you very much!”

– Brandy M.

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