The Power of the Hockey Community When a Teammate Needs Help

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Everyone here at TCS HQ is involved with the game in one way or another, and the relationships we’ve created, the memories, the experiences both good and bad…

None of that can hold a jockstrap to the power of our community when one of our members is in a tough spot.

A powerful young coach here in Vancouver, Stephen Gillis, needs a kidney, and his players are doing something about it.

First off, Stephen is a volunteer hockey coach. He does it because he loves the game and he loves giving something back to the boys and girls who make our sport so fun. Despite his need for a new kidney, Stephen is still on the ice givin’ er’ with the kids day in and day out. He teaches his players about the power of sport and its ability to help people, and since he’s now the one in need of help, his players have flipped the script.

His team has submitted a bid to the good deeds cup – check out this video to learn more about their dedication to coach Steven.

We are the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association Peewee A2 hockey team. This year our coach, Stephen, entered our team Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a cross Canada contest urging Peewee hockey teams to do a good deed for their community. We fund raised over $1300 in one week through various initiatives to provide a family a special Christmas with gifts and meals.

During the contest we learned that our head coach Stephen has a very serious and rare kidney disease. Even though Stephen is really sick, he never misses our practices or games. For Stephen to continue leading our team, on and off the ice, he needs to find a living donor to provide him a kidney for a transplant.

To assist our coach in finding a donor, as a very personal good deed, we created this video to share his message of need. We hope you too can share our message and help give our coach the gift of life.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating please contact the Vancouver transplant coordinator:

Renee Katter
604-875-4111 EXT. 20518
or 1-855-875-5185

Thank you for helping our coach!

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