It was a special day as the Durham Attack 16U Black Girls arrived in Burlington for the 16U Challenge Cup in Premier Division on December 19, 2015. The team was excited to take the opportunity of being in the company of many players and parents to promote Organ Donation by wearing green ribbons in their hair, handing out green lapel ribbons and encouraging people to register as organ donors – all in support of this great cause which we hoped would be of help to our good friend Richard Hassall, the father of team member Victoria Hassall and husband of our incredibly hard working parent rep Rose – as well as the many other deserving people on the transplant waiting list!
Who would have guessed then that all the good wishes and positive thoughts about organ donation would meet with a miracle so soon! Just as the team was preparing to drive to Indianapolis on Friday February 12th for the Team Indiana President’s Day Tournament, Rick’s “pager of hope” went off on Thursday February 11th very early in the morning – the organs he needed were available! The incredible transplant teams in Toronto worked their magic and Rick is recovering amazingly well! What an amazing gift of life… that touches so many! We are all so thrilled for Rick, Rose, Victoria and her brother Samuel, and so grateful that our prayers for these special members of our team “family” have been answered!
To all DA Players, Coaches and Parents – please take a minute to register to be an organ donor! One donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 more! What a wonderful gift we can give so many others when we are no longer in need of our organs – and a bright light into the future even as a life ends. Registering is easy! Register online at www.beadonor.ca , in person at any ServiceOntario, or by mailing the Gift of Life consent form that comes with your driver’s license or health card renewal. Register even if you have signed a donor card (a donor card is not recorded and may not be available when needed). Our Durham Attack family has seen first-hand the miracles that can happen!