NEW & IMPROVED FORMAT...Same great cause!
Format: Co-ed 6s (teams must have at least 2 females on the court at all times)
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (approx)
Matches: Full best 2/3 matches all day long (no timed games)!
Donation: $50 from each team fee & $10 from each individual fee goes directly to The James Fund
It's 2020 & that means that it's nearly time for our 12th Annual Co-ed 6s for The James Fund (at SickKids)! Invado's relationship with The James Fund began back in 2007 when we met the Birrell family, of Peterborough, during the years when we sponsored the popular Heatwave & Icewave beach volleyball tournaments in Toronto. We were deeply moved and inspired by James, who was only 3 years old when diagnosed with neuroblastoma; a deadly childhood cancer that attacks the central nervous system.
Syd Birrell, James' father, was told by doctors that there was little they could do because pharmaceutical companies didn't see large enough profits in manufacturing medications which help neuroblastoma. Imagine hearing frustrated doctors tell you that your child was going to lose this winnable battle, because the illness wasn't profotable enough.
Syd asked researchers what no one had thought to ask before: how much it would take for the family to “buy” their own researcher? The answer came back at 'approximately $30,000?' The Birrells got to work with family & friends and organized a fundraiser that netted $30,000! Syd reconnected with the lab and said: “Here’s the money. Introduce me to my researcher" - and the James Fund was born.
From those desperate beginnings, The James Fund grew into the largest neuroblastoma funding group in Canada, and one of the largest dedicated to neuroblastoma in the world. They have raised over $12,000,000, and have been awarded the top prize for research in the field, and were even featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show - after which Tom Hanks called the family in Peterborough and offered his services as their official spokesperson (James' favourite movie was Apollo 13). They also, established a blueprint that is now copied by countless family funds the world over. On November 13, 2007, SickKids created the “James Birrell Laboratories”, where all neuroblastoma research at SickKids now takes place. The James Fund not only supports the labs at SicKids, but also the children and families dealing with neuroblastoma.
At the age of 8 and nearing the end of his battle, James promised that he would “always be fighting cancer.” He urged his friends and family to keep working for a day when the scientists “figured it all out” and no other children would die of cancer.
We've been honoured to be a part of James' battle and mission and we hope that you can help us keep his story and goal alive. Please register on your own, with a friend, or as a team (min. 2 females on the court at all times) for this amazing day of volleyball - with separate divisions for ALL skill levels! NOTE - this year's event will be capped at 16 teams so everyone can enjoy a FULL DAY of FULL MATCHES (best 2/3 matches all day long)!
Three ways to register: 1 - CLICK the ‘Register’ button & proceed through our secure online payment process...2 - CALL 1-877-9-INVADO (1-877-946-8236), & have your credit card handy...or 3 - TRANSFER your payment, via online banking, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If using the e-transfer option, please remember to add 13% (HST) & to list your name, email address, and the full name of the event - including the city, if applicable - in the 'comments' section of your transfer - thanks!