Dart Tournament still growing
Stanstead’s fifth annual Cancer Dart Tournament was held on Saturday afternoon at the local Canadian Legion. The tournament was founded, and is organized each year, by Marilyn McComb, a local breast cancer survivor. All proceeds from the event are donated to the
Canadian Cancer Institute for the purpose of cancer research.
This year’s tournament attracted 34 team entries. The tournament has been growing steadily since its inception in 2007, as membership has more than doubled since that time. Saturday’s proceeds have amounted to $2365.70 and counting, as pledged donations are being accepted until May.
The Cancer Dart Tournament has raised an average of $3,000 annually, primarily through membership fees, donations, raffles and an auction.
The ongoing success of this tournament can be credited not only to its’ dedicated organizer, but also to the collaborative effort of many volunteers and the generosity of those who donated prizes. Local businesses donated gift certificates for the winners, individuals donated raffle items, and a hand-carved clock, created and donated by Brenda Wilson, was specifically mentioned as an appreciated donation.
It raised $125 in the auction.
Marilyn McComb originally began her dart tournament after an eighteen month fight with breast cancer. Diagnosed in September, 2004, she underwent surgery and received radiation treatment until the spring of 2005. Fighting cancer is a battle one fights on all levels of one’s existence. Survivors often speak of how the experience changed them for the better. Cancer uncovers our personal strength, the good in our lives we may not have noticed prior, and the freedom to enjoy those blessings on our own terms for as long as we are able.
Such was the case with Marilyn, who explained her personal fight led her to organize the annual Cancer Dart Tournament in support of cancer research. When talking of her illness she expressed the philosophy that we all must try to focus on the positive in life while living each day at a time. In conclusion she expressed her sincere appreciation to her friends and all the volunteers who generously pulled together to help make the tournament such a great success.
Phil Desormeaux sends off a dart at last Saturday’s benefit dart tournament.