Our inaugural Keira’s Winter Klassic held February 3rd, 2018 in honour of Keira Bond, was an unqualified success! Now, after four incredible tournaments (including last year’s virtual competition), Keira’s Winter Klassic and our amazing supporters have raised over $100,000 towards pediatric brain cancer research!
Keira was just 10 years old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Despite the devastating diagnosis, within a few short months, Keira had decided she wanted to raise funds to help support others with cancer: Keira’s Krusade had begun (www.keiraskrusade.com). Having played ringette from the young age of five, Keira possessed incredible determination, resilience, and strength. These traits served her well during her illness.
Tragically, in June 2017, Keira was taken from us, six short months after her diagnosis. During times of extreme hardship, sport is often a mobilizing force – and our amazing ringette community did not disappoint. Many individuals within our community immediately wanted to reach out and help. Knowing Keira’s joy and passion for the game of ringette, a U12 ringette tournament was the perfect fit!
We are very excited as we prepare for our 5th annual Keira’s Winter Klassic. We will be hosting Keira’s Winter Klassic 2022 at Keith Bodley Arena from February 4th to 6th, 2022. We are very pleased to share that we are also offering a chance to join our tournament virtually as an honourary team supporter – come help us create more awareness about pediatric brain cancer, and show your support for children like Keira! Please contact Nancy Tovell at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for our tournament – in-person or virtually – or for more information
We look forward to once again partnering with our wonderful community to help support Manitoba children diagnosed with brain cancer. All proceeds from Keira’s Winter Klassic will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation via Keira’s Krusade to help fight pediatric brain cancer.
Thank you for your continued support. Let’s do this for Keira!