Last Saturday night the LaSalle Sabres ’99 and Windsor Junior Spitfires ’99 Bantam Hockey AA teams held a benefit game in support of Windsor teen Kevin Siddall. Kevin is the son of former Detroit Tigers catcher Joe Siddall and his wife Dr. Tamara Siddall, and was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Since August, the 14 year old has been receiving blood transfusions and other medical procedures in both Toronto and London.
Lasalle - November 15, 2013 - Last Saturday night the LaSalle Sabres ’99 and Windsor Junior Spitfires ’99 Bantam Hockey AA teams held a benefit game in support of Windsor teen Kevin Siddall. Kevin is the son of former Detroit Tigers catcher Joe Siddall and his wife Dr. Tamara Siddall, and was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Since August, the 14 year old has been receiving blood transfusions and other medical procedures in both Toronto and London.
The benefit game was played at LaSalle’s Vollmer Centre, and family, friends and supporters were encouraged to wear lime green, which is the colour of Lymphoma awareness. And wear it they did! The Vollmer was a sea of green, and the turnout was great! Raffles were held, and those who attended were able to add support by buying Fight For Kevin wrist bands and Revvin’ For Kevin towels. The proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House in Kevin’s name. The game was sent by video stream to Kevin’s room in London so he could watch the event as it happened.
Prior to puck drop, there were presentations by both teams to Kevin’s family. Kevin’s maternal grandparents, Dr. Allan and Mrs. Twyla Warwaruk were at centre ice to accept special hockey sweaters on behalf of the family.
The two teams gathered for a group picture before the game and exchanged handshakes and high fives with opposing coaches. It was something to see. Players wore green skate laces and taped their sticks with green tape. And it gets better. In honour of Kevin, the LaSalle team played in specially made green sweaters, with SIDDALL in the place of each players’ nameplate.
This was more than just another hockey game. This was a show of support by two communities rallying together to help a young man who is in the battle of his life. It was an incredible event put on by two first class organizations, the Windsor Junior Spitfires and the LaSalle Sabres. Kudos to the many volunteers who gave their time and efforts to ensure a successful event.
You can see more photos from the event on snapd Windsor’s Facebook page.
In the meantime, please take a moment and say a prayer for Kevin and his family.
Tim Cornett is a lifelong resident of Windsor and a diehard fan of the Windsor Spitfires, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Pittsburgh Steelers, and just to be different, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles - ('hey, if my father-in-law can have two favourite hockey teams, I can have two favourite baseball teams!') Tim is a photographer by profession, with a love of writing. 'Whatnot' pays homage to his late father Jim's long running Windsor Star column 'Who, When and Whatnot.' If you have questions or wish to contact the biggest Doobie Brothers fan in Essex County, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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