Dart Tour­na­ment still grow­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mulholland Stanstead

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.

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