The meaning of team

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More than $7,000 was raised over the weekend to help Brayden Ross, a North Nova Education Centre hockey player, and his family after his recent diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.
A silent auction was organized by parents, friends and teammates, set up during the Bantam Memorial Tournament at the Pictou County Wellness Centre over the weekend. It raised approximately $5,700 while a charity hockey game between Northumberland
Regional High School and East Hants raised $1,400.
All proceeds will be going to Ross, a former major bantam player and current assistant captain for the Gryphons, and his family during his stay at the IWK.
“When you play hockey, you grow a large family. Everybody’s family, everybody helps you out when you need it,” said Amy Fraser, one of the parents volunteering at the auction.
Fraser said she got involved because her son has played on the same team with Ross, adding they’re now on opposing teams.
“Brayden’s such a nice guy. He’ll talk to anybody. He’s just a genuine good kid so when you know him, you come to love him,” Fraser said.
She believes the fundraisers are helpful for his current and former teammates.
“I think it just kind of gives them a sense that they’re making a difference, trying to help him and they’re there supporting him and showing him that we’re there for him for whatever he needs,” she said.
She said the NRHS hockey game Saturday night was organized in just 24 hours, with money coming in from admission, 50/50 tickets and other donations.
They handed out ribbons in honour of Ross and the players from both teams taped their sticks with orange tape for leukemia awareness.
“It completely surpassed all of our expectations,” said Fraser about the amount of money raised from the two events.
Joanne Reynolds, one of the parents involved, said the auction came together easily, with people in the community dropping off items without being asked.
Reynolds said it’s touched the hearts of everyone in Pictou County, made obvious by the amount of items that were donated.
A blood drive is also being organized for Ross. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Russell Borden at 902-922-3820. As well, a bottle drive is underway with bottles being accepted at Golden Penny under Ross’s name. Pick-up of bottles can also be arranged by contacting Gillian Arnold at 902-695-5284.

Shalyn Bona and Nora Burrows were selling tickets for baskets during a silent auction at the Bantam Memorial Tournament on Friday. The auction raised approximately $5,700 for Brayden Ross and his family as he goes through treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. (Jess photo)

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