While Alex’s spot on the team’s bench can never really be filled, the Fighting Eagle Tournament is a way to remember Alex and his love of hockey and his friends, as well as raising funds to support SickKids.
The funds raised from the Tournament will contribute to Dr. Greg Wells’ cancer research as well to making the lives of the patients better. Exercise is known to contribute to positive outcomes during and following cancer treatment. While hospital-based exercise interventions tend have the greatest benefit, mixed results have been found for home-based programs due to lower adherence and overall intensities achieved during exercise. Geographical limitations to accessing SickKids for many childhood cancer patients make this an unrealistic means of program delivery. A unique program intended to provide delivery through interactive gaming and mobile app technology to deliver exercise interventions at home in a form that maximizes interest, adherence, and motivation during exercise is under development. X-box Kinect will be used as the main form of program delivery. A pilot study will be created using X-box Kinect to determine whether this form of exercise intervention is superior to traditional home-based exercise interventions and, its overall feasibility for rehabilitation in the childhood cancer population.
We feel Dr. Greg Wells and his research is a wonderful match for the Fighting Eagle Memorial Tournament.
For more information on Dr. Greg Wells and his research efforts, please visit,
Matching Gift programs: Many employers have matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company has a policy you can:
1) Send your employer your personal fundraising link and request for their matching gift to be made online. This donation will automatically be attributed to your fundraising total.
2) Ask your employer to write a cheque made payable to SickKids Foundation and bring it with you to the Fighting Eagle Tournament along with your pledge form. Please note, the gift will only be attributed to your fundraising total once you have entered the donation under ‘Manage Cash and Cheques’ on your online fundraising profile and funds have been received by Fighting Eagle Tournament.