Kingston Grenadiers to ‘Tackle Tumours’ in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Robbie Watson, 12, a brain tumour survivor, shares some time with Ty Sands, son of the late Dale Sands, a former Grenadier, and now coach of the Grenadiers U18 team. Photo via Kingston Grenadiers.

The Kingston Brain Tumour Community, in support of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Kingston Grenadiers for a special event at Richardson Stadium this weekend.

On Saturday, Jun. 22, 2024, two Kingston Grenadiers football games will be played at Richardson Stadium. According to a release from the Brain Tumour Foundation, this event will honour the memory of Queen’s University and Grenadiers Football Coach Dale Sands, who passed away from a brain tumour, and all those lost over the years, while celebrating the resilience and courage of brain tumour survivors in our community.

Image via Kingston Grenadiers.

“Events like this help raise awareness of brain cancer and further advocate for those affected by brain cancer,” said the coordinator of the Kingston Brain Tumour Community, Catarina Macedo, who lost her mother after she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common, most aggressive form of brain cancer.

“We are very excited to partner with the Kingston Grenadiers this year and our regional hero, twelve-year-old SUPERKID, Robbie Watson of Picton, who tackled his brain tumour in 2021.”

Robbie will also be tackling tumours on the field to kick off the U18 game at 4 p.m.

According to the release, attendees can look forward to a “vibrant game day experience”, complete with brain tumour information, games, treats, face painting and balloons. These activities aim to raise awareness and provide valuable information about brain tumours, while also creating a fun and supportive atmosphere for families, survivors, and fans alike.

Coach Dale Sands. Photo via Kingston Grenadiers.

“Coach Dale has been a significant part of our organization for over 10 years,” said Alexandra Reyes-Walsh, president of the Kingston Grenadiers.

Sands reportedly had a positive impact on the lives of the current coaching staff, mentoring them during their young playing careers — some during their university careers at Queen’s, and coaching alongside them when they finished their playing careers at their respective universities and returned home to Kingston. A well known local multi-sport hero himself, Sands was always proud to speak about “his boys” and their accomplishments, according to the release.

“We dedicate this season to Coach Dale Sand and the Brian Tumour Foundation of Canada,” added Reyes-Walsh.

The U16s will start the day at 1 p.m. versus the Oshawa Hawkeyes and the U18s follow at 4 p.m. According to the release, there will be a “Parade of Power” walk around the concourse between the two games around 3 p.m.

Learn more about the Brain Tumour Foundation, the only national charity in Canada offering information and support to patients affected by any type of brain tumour, at BrainTumour.ca.

More information on the Kingston Grenadiers can be found on the organization’s website.

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