Winchester Lions fuel Rockets, assist little girl fighting cancer

From left, Winchester Lions President Hugh Bouchard with North Dundas Rockets Jason Buma, Bryden vanKessel, Shawn Simms and Rockets General Manager Rob Sadler. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER —The Winchester Lions Club helped fuel up the North Dundas Rockets with a $3,300 donation last week. The family of Abigail Hosick, undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer, also scored a $1,000 contribution from the Club, June 7.

The general manager of the Chesterville-based team, Robyn Sadler, said the Lions’ largesse would pay for new jerseys to be revealed at the beginning of the upcoming season.

“I can safely say we were overwhelmed by the show of support and are proud to have the Lions on board,” said Sadler, who pointed out that the Junior C team has become “the option for local players” to continue in the game after minor hockey.  Last season’s roster included 16 locals out of a squad of 23, Sadler pointed out. “We also want to win with our local players, as last years finals appearance hopefully indicates.”

Abigail Hosick’s parents picked up their cheque and expressed gratitude for the donation. “It’s been a heck of a journey. We still have some unknowns going on right now, so we really appreciate all the support,” said Drew Hosick, accompanied by his wife, Marina.

“She’s doing well. You wouldn’t even know it, talking to her,” he said of his daughter, who began treatment at age seven for Precursor B Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario on Valentine’s Day this year.

Drew Hosick said the family expects to learn more information soon on Abigail’s health status after a series of tests and biopsies. “It may be a longer haul than we expected, but we’ll find out in the next week or so,” he said.

Winchester Lions President Hugh Bouchard (left) presents a $1,000 to cheque to Abigail’s parents, Drew and Marina Hosick. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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