Awareness – Looking out for others the Tabor Way
The Tabor Hockey Programs recently held some big events for some meaningful causes in the month of February.
The first event, which took place on February 1st, was the 18th annual Travis Roy Cup. This benefit game with the St. Sebastian’s School raises funds to support the Travis Roy Foundation. The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible. Check out http://www.travisroyfoundation.org for more information. It has been an exciting series with the Arrows of St. Sebastian’s holding a slight edge winning nine games to the Seawolves seven. However, the big winner has been the Foundation as over $100,000 has been contributed to the cause thus far. In 2013 the Tabor and St. Sebastian’s second teams were added to the day’s event, with the Seawolves earning the inaugural victory. This year the Arrows took home the Cup, but close to another $10,000 was raised for the Foundation.
A second important event took place the following weekend. For the second time in the past several years the hockey programs Pinked the Rink for cancer awareness. This year the event struck close to home for the Seawolves. On October 22, 2013, a few days shy of her first birthday, Pippa Larsen, went in for a procedure on her ear. The result was the unexpected diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Obviously, this was devastating news, but their family and community of friends, students and even strangers are rallying to try and make life a little easier for the Larsen’s. This bright, beautiful baby girl is undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital Boston. She is expected to remain in the oncology unit for four to six months. Pippa spent her first birthday in a hospital crib, decked out with balloons and signs by the caring Children's Hospital staff. Her nurse remarked that Pippa was extraordinarily calm and composed and that it was clear to her medical team where she got that from, as they observed her parents on a daily basis: strong, hopeful, committed, but with humor and optimism still intact.
Tabor Academy’s Varsity Girls and Boys Hockey Teams hosted “Pippa’s Paint the Rink Pink” on February 7th and 8th, 2014. This fundraiser was held to support Pippa and her loving family. The purpose of the event is to raise money to help offset the medical and related costs associated with Pippa’s treatment, which will likely be two years in duration.
The event included two games: the Tabor girls hosted the St. Paul’s School on Friday, February 7th, and the Tabor boys played the Dexter School on Saturday, February 8th. The event was a huge success involving not only the players and coaches of all of the teams, but also students, parents and local community members. In all, the games raised almost $12,000 for the cause. In a very moving pregame ceremony, Mrs. Ginger Larsen thanked all those involved and spoke of paying this generosity and kindness forward in support of the great work being done at Children’s Hospital in Boston and to support research on finding a cure.