September 29th, 2009, 02:59 PM #1
Help support local youth player
I know there's already a sticky regarding the Give Blood tournament, but I thought this needed its own thread. Got the email below today. Both of my kids also play at 949, and my son was at the same tryout referenced below.
From: Julie Ruff <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2009 12:07 pm
Subject: 911 - YOU CAN HELP CASEY!
Dear 949 Adult Teams:
I’ve heard from some of your teams and appreciate your support for the Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament. If you haven’t had a chance to register your team for the Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament, I would appreciate your consideration. Children like Casey are why the volunteers at Give Blood Play Hockey do what they do. The more teams we get registered, the more we can donate to CHOC and hopefully make a difference. We are still taking team registrations.
Please help us rally for Casey Strale. Your show of support will mean a great deal to Casey and his family.
Dear Hockey Fans and Families;
One of our own 949 roller hockey players, 12 year old Casey Strale, is in critical condition in the ICU floor at CHOC Children’s Hospital following his first day day of chemotherapy. This after open heart surgery Saturday morning to remove portions of a cancerous tumor that had spread to his heart - a compound finding from discovering a large cancerous tumor on his kidney only last week.
Earlier in the month, and still recovering from what was described as a lung infection, Casey was competing in an Iron Man tournament at The 949 but became weak and could complete only two games. Casey remained with his team to cheer them on until the event was completed. Just last week he was back on the rink for club try-outs. Ultrasound results later that week showed a tumor on his kidney the size of a baseball, according to one family representative.
Casey proudly sports the number 5 on his Plaza Vista Jr. High Varsity roller hockey jersey. Casey is also a member of the Irvine Anarchy PeeWee travel team and has played on travel club teams, including the Mission Jr. Raiders and the MPC Bulls.
While news about Casey and his family are in-the-making, members of the community are encouraged to contribute through their thoughts, prayers, gifts and donations of blood in ways including:
Donate blood to help Casey!
Casey is A positive blood type. II you are A positive or negative, or O positive or negative, please donate ASAP. If you are a match, please call (714) 532-8339 for prescreening questions and appointments. The location for donation is:
Commerce Tower 1st floor, Suite 185
505 South Main St.
Orange, CA 92868-4509
You will need to state that you want to be part of the designated donor program for Casey Strale
Gifts, Cards, etc. to:
CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Attn: Casey Strale
455 South Main St.
Orange, CA 92868-3874
main phone: (714) 997-3000
Donate Blood at the Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament:
If you are not a blood match for Casey, but can donate blood, please attend the GBPH Charity Inline Hockey Tournament during the weekend of October 9-11, 2009. Bloodmobiles will be on hand: Fri-Sat-Sun! 9 (more at: Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament <http://www.GIVEBLOODPLAYHOCKEY.org> ). There are many children and adults in need of blood.
Register Your Team to Play in the Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament:
If you have a hockey team, please register your team to play in the GBPH tournament (Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament <http://www.givebloodplayhockey.org> ). The majority of the team registration fees go directly toward CHOC’s Oncology Unit. GBPH donated more than $52,000 in the first 2 years of the tournament and just made a $100,000 pledge to CHOC for on Oncology Patient Care Room in the new wing of the hospital which will open in 2013. Thousands of children with cancer will be serviced in this new unit each year.
Visit the Be The Match Booth at the Give Blood Play Hockey Tournament:
Please also stop by The BE THE MATCH (National Bone Marrow Foundation) booth at the tournament and learn more about marrow and organ donation. You may be the key to saving someone else’s life!
The 3rd Give Blood Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament will be held October 9-11 at The 949 Roller Hockey Center in Irvine. The mission of the event organizers is to help our community: to Give Back and to Pay It Forward. Through a vigorous campaign of awareness directed at the hockey community and beyond, chief among our goals are to enhance donor awareness and the need to give life to others, and to help innocents in need. Blood Donations will be taken on Friday from 2:30 p.m.. to 9 p.m, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Representatives from Be The Match and BAHBAD representing the National Marrow Donor program will be on site on Saturday and Sunday. The event offers a carnival-like environment with food, raffles and entertainment. Special exhibitions on Saturday include the Mission All-Stars Skills Challenge, a wheelchair hockey match, visits from the Anaheim Ducks’ Wild Wing and Power Player cheerleaders, and much more! Proceeds from the event go to the organizer’s pledge of $100,000 to CHOC to build an Oncology Patient Care Room in the new wing of the hospital. The public is encouraged to attend. There is no charge for admission. More information can be found on their web site, Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament <http://www.GIVEBLOODPLAYHOCKEY.org> <Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament <http://www.GIVEBLOODPLAYHOCKEY.org> > .
Please contact me at your earliest convenience and let me know if you can lend your support.
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes for Casey.
Give Blood Play Hockey
Team Development and Fundraising
September 30th, 2009, 03:44 PM #2
It's not too late to put a team together. I know the registration organizer, she can fit a team in if need be. Message me for info.. if not, then please just show up during the designated times to give blood. Casey needs it and so do the other kids who are at CHOC fighting for their lives against diseases that no child should have to endure.
October 7th, 2009, 12:38 AM #3
Update on condition of Casey Strale - please help!
Here's the latest on the condition of Casey Strale. If you can drop by, please do so. Casey would've been my son's teammate this weekend for the 949 Pee-Wee Anarchy team.
Dear Hockey Friend,
I'd like to ask for a minute or so of your time to share some news with you about the Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament coming up this weekend, and about Casey Strale, a 12 year old roller hockey player who is battling for his life in CHOC's critical care unit.
First, Casey, a student at Irvine's Plaza Vista Middle School who plays roller hockey with his schoolmates under that banner, is battling an accelerating cancer diagnosed only in the past few weeks. Barely over a week ago Casey was one of two pediatric cancer patients to be hooked up to ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) in the history of CHOC, and then the only patient who survived, and who later was up cheerfully drinking Gatorade - truly a one-of-a-kind case according to Doctor reports. Today, Casey's condition has regressed and volunteers are needed to donate blood to help Casey out. He is A positive blood type. If you are A positive, negative, or O positive or negative, it would be great if you could donate and maintain the life-giving supply he needs. If you're a match, please call CHOC at (714) 532-8339 for prescreening questions and appointments. Please state that you want to be part of the donor program designated for Casey Strale.
There will be a special tribute to Casey and his family all weekend long and a special event with family members and teammates on Saturday afternoon at this weekend's Give Blood Play Hockey event. Details will be published soon to the event site at Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament