McKay takes up Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer cause

Kincardine holding golf fundraiser July 13
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No one ever thinks it will happen to them, and that certainly was the case for Kincardine native Scott McKay.

Kincardine's Scott McKay, middle, honourary spokesman for this year's Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament, enlisted the help of friends Mats Sundin, left, and Tie Domi to raise awareness for the Princess Margaret Hospital fundraiser. (photo courtesy of Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer)

The 41-year-old father of two leads an active and healthy lifestyle, so it was shocking late last year when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Unfortunately, McKay’s story is not unique. Most people know of someone who has been affected by this awful disease, and it never fully hits home until it’s someone close to you.

“It’s a cause close to everybody’s heart because everyone knows someone who has been touched by it,” McKay said Monday.

Living in Toronto has given McKay access to some of the best hospitals and doctors in the country, and he is fighting the disease with his trademark positive attitude. After having undergone radiation treatment at the Princess Margaret Hospital, McKay, who has deep ties to the hockey community after spending 10 years as an NHL trainer and later as a pro representative for major hockey equipment companies, was eager the help out when he got the chance.

McKay is the honourary spokesperson for this year’s Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event, which raises funds for Princess Margaret Hospital.

Although he is still in the midst of his recovery, McKay felt this  was the right thing to do, even bringing in close friends Tie Domi and Mats Sundin – who were all to eager to help – for promotional shots.

“I wanted to do this because I wanted to give back to the hospital in some way after receiving treatment there,” said McKay, who in the past held a celebrity fundraiser in Kincardine to benefit his hometown hospital.

As part of this giving back, several Kincardinites have taken up the challenge of entering the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament and are asking for the community’s support in raising funds. To this end, the Bruce Bombers squad is hosting Golf to Conquer Cancer, a golf tournament July 13 at Ainsdale Golf Club. Tickets are $125 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range and a steak dinner. All proceeds, of course, go to RHCC and Princess Margaret.

Tickets are available at The Independent, or by contacting Tim McKay at 519-396-4912. If you are not a golfer or unable to play in the tournament, you can make a donation (tax receipts available) by going online to teamuptoconquercancer.ca and searching for the team or player you would like to donate to, or by contacting Tim McKay. Another local squad entered in the RHCC, the Kinucks, will be hosting a car wash at the fire hall June 8.

“One good thing that has come of out this has been the show of support from the people of Kincardine,” Scott McKay said.

“It’s a great feeling and I want to thank everyone.”

JUST THE FACTS - Golf to Conquer Cancer

July 13, Ainsdale Golf Club, 1 p.m. shotgun start

$125/player, includes power cart, 18-hole scramble, range, steak dinner, prizes

Tickets available at The Kincardine Independent of by calling 519-396-4912