For those that don’t know I am a part of a charity called the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation that runs a yearly (13th annual this year) outdoor pond hockey tournament in Cochrane that raises funds for local charities. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our family and friends since my sister’s passing over $3 million dollars has been raised in her name. In the past 7 years over $855,000 has been raised for the charity Children’s Wish/Make a Wish on a goal of $500,000 in the first 5 years. This year the tournament plans to run safely from February 4 – February 6 (appropriate COVID protocols will be in place following AHS guidance). If you don’t know what Make a Wish does here is their mission statement:
Together, We Create Life-Changing Wishes For Children With Critical Illnesses.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.
Through funds raised the last 7 years at the Kimmett Cup upwards of 85 wishes have been granted. Funds raised at this year’s Kimmett Cup will again go to granting wishes. This year’s Kimmett Cup ambassador is a young man named Chance who’s story can be found here: https://www.kimmettcup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Chances-Story.pdf
Again this year my family is dedicating all funds raised to our friend and Children’s Wish recipient Tristan who spoke so eloquently at our charity golf tournament back in October 2017. Please watch Tristan’s story here:
It is with funds donated by people like you that Tristan was able to receive his wish. Unfortunately Tristan lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on December 22nd 2017. We were heartbroken for his parents Loreli and Todd and his younger brother Keiran. We were blessed to have Tristan as part of the Kimmett Cup family and will use his example as inspiration to continue on. Four years have come and gone since Tristan’s passing and we still think of him often, this song was played during a slideshow before Tristan’s speech and always reminds me of him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIlgKuHFePA . The Garret family is still early in their journey without their Tristan and my personal advice to them from my experience is it doesn’t get easier but great comfort can be found when a community displays the generosity Tristan lived his life with. You have all done that for Lindsay for the past 14 years. Tristan’s obituary can be found here: http://www.mhfh.com/garrett-tristan-jonathan/
I’m sharing Tristan’s story as I want to carry on his quest of helping others much the same as we have all done for my sister Lindsay. Tristan said:
"Giving back is one of the best things you can do. It is truly amazing the power that kindness can have. There are no words to describe the power of kindness"
So if you have some giving planned this year and hadn’t decided who you wanted to help out let me suggest Make-a-Wish! To donate to the cause you can follow the link below:
As always my family and I are overwhelmed by your continued generosity and are forever grateful.
PS. Feel free to hit me up with fundraising requests anytime!
More on Lindsay’s foundation can be found here: http://lindsaykimmett.net/
More on the Kimmett Cup can be found here: www.kimmettcup.com
I invite you to enjoy this video capturing the Kimmett Cup spirit at the soggy 2020 iteration of the tournament: https://youtu.be/bvSaKjcBsvc