Tributes to Those Lost 2018-04-10T19:40:38+00:00

TRIBUTES TO THOSE LOST

 Harrison Ivor McKinnon
Harrison Ivor McKinnonA LITTLE HERO TAKEN TOO SOON
Our hearts have shattered into a million pieces… after a brief and unexpected battle with an insidious and relentless infection, we kissed and held our darling Harrison for the last time.

On June 17, 2017, 2:15pm, at the age of 2 years, 9 months, our beautiful, sensitive, thoughtful, cuddly, funny and infinitely brave firstborn baby boy peacefully gave up his fight and left all his pain and suffering behind. We are left heartbroken that we will never know the amazing person he was destined to become, but so honoured and thankful that he chose us as his parents so we could know how full our hearts and lives could be. Because of him, we know a love we never guessed was possible before he became ours for his short time in this world. ‘Mamoo’ forever, Little Love.
Harrison fought cancer relentlessly for more than half his life, with a remarkably sunny disposition and with an incredible bravery and strength that left us in awe of him in his short time here with us. In the end, he beat the beast twice, but ultimately lost his fight to a fierce and opportunistic infection that was able to overcome his body as a result of side effects of treatments he received to help him win his battle with cancer. This is true of so many children fighting in this war – if they manage to beat cancer, chances are good that they will eventually succumb to a complication of treatment. Childhood cancer receives roughly 4% of all cancer research funding dollars yet children who survive run the highest risk of late treatment effects because they have so much life left to live once they’ve beaten the disease. This desperately needs to change. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to The Children’s Oncology Group Foundation.

 Jayde Ann-Marie Best
Jayde Ann-Marie BestArrived Early and Taken Away Early
On Dec 30, 2002 we were blessed six weeks early with a beautiful 4lbs 6oz baby girl, Jayde Ann-Marie Best. At the age of 2, she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

With a smile that lit up the every room, she touched every soul she met. Jayde’s courage and determination to live life to its fullest has been a true inspiration for us all. Her absolute love for ‘Dora the Explorer’ knew no bounds. She also loved singing and music. Unfortunately after 18 months, 2 brain surgeries, chemo therapy, and complications, Jayde lost her battle to cancer Aug 1, 2006.

Thank you all very much for loving and caring for all the sick kids out there fighting and giving them inspiration and hope. It means the world to us knowing that they are not alone in their fight, the fight for their lives. Helping some of their hopes and dreams come true, “Hope is the only thing that keeps us going! So Pedal for Hope, Pedal for us!”

Love your heavenly angel, Jayde

 Dawson Joseph Hamilton
Dawson Joseph HamiltonSMILING DOWN ON US
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dawson at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto on the morning of Sunday, January 10, 2010 peacefully with his family by his side, in his 10th year .

Loving son of Heather and Scott, precious brother of Tanner and Cayden, loving grandson of Debbie Stevenson and the late Joe McGann, Jim and Linda Hamilton and great grandson to Linda McGann. Dawson will be lovingly remembered by all his aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Sierra Linda Ashley TOMKINS
Sierra Linda Ashley TOMKINSALWAYS FULL OF SMILES
TOMKINS, Sierra Linda Ashley – After a courageous battle with her family by her side December 19, 2009 in her 9th year. Beloved daughter of Terra MacDonald and John Tomkins (Karen Brennan). Loving grand daughter of Dave & Linda Tomkins and Ron MacDonald & Donna Sicker. Sister of Niall Bressette, Austin MacDonald, Payton McInnes, Landon MacDonald, Michael vanBaden. Sierra will be sadly missed by her very close and dear family, and Karen Brohart, staff, and all her classmates at Kawartha Heights Public School.
Hailey Holmes
Hailey HolmesA STAR AMONG THE HEAVENS
Our brave & beautiful girl passed away peacefully with her loving family surrounding her with their love at Sick Kids Hospital on Wednesday June 1st, 2016 at the age of 14 years. Hailey is the pride and joy of her parents, Matt & Jody Holmes (Marsden). She is the beloved granddaughter of Cliff & Patricia Holmes and predeceased by her grandfather Nevin Kensinger and her grandmother Muriel Hebb (Marsden). Cherished niece to Cheryl Pederson (Jack Maynes), Kenny & Laurie Marsden, Cathy Marsden, Roger Hircock, Bill & Katie Holmes and Chris Holmes. Lovingly remembered by her many cousins and friends.
Jorja Gorham
Jorja GorhamJORJA......ALWAYS ON OUR MINDS
With very heavy hearts we need to let you know that with her parents by her side Jorja’s journey here on earth ended, at Sick Kids Hospital, on January 31, 2018 at the age of 11. But as many people have sung before…Jorja is always on my mind.

Much loved daughter of David & Jodi. Loving sister of Davis. She will be missed by her four-legged best buddy, Oakley. Cherished granddaughter of Judy (Dan) Taylor, Mark Thompson, Margaretann Gorham, and Robert Gorham (Lito) and great-grandaughter of Georgina Penney and Marie Thompson. Adored niece of Wesley Thompson, Jennifer (Steve) Dickerson, Luke Thompson (Stacy), Chris Gorham and Nicole Gorham – Elder (Darren). She will be fondly remembered and missed by her cousins, Kyla, Lana, Chelsea, Josh, Jax, and Jolan.

She will be remembered for her exuberant personality, her passion for helping others, her love of art, being a part of many sports teams, and being truly able to express her thoughts and feelings while making things happen her way. She inspired and connected so many communities and is remembered as being AWESOME!

Marcus Baksh
Marcus BakshA TRUE CHAMPION
Marcus was in grade 8 and was looking forward to graduating in June when he passed away this March. He played for the Clarington Toros Single “A” hockey team. Int his first year of rep his skills on the ice were nothing short of amazing. He quickly became the team’s leading scorer and with a simple “get’er done” from the coach, Marcus always knew what he needed to do – no choice but to win.

Marcus was so handsome, charming and hilariously sarcastic and had been since he started talking.
Marcus passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at the age of 16.
Beloved son of Marisa (Ian) and Anthony (Robyn).
Dear brother of Andre, Dylon and Bryanna.
Loved by his girlfriend Dystiny.
Loving grandson of Tony and Zena and Maria.
Marcus will be greatly missed by all his aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Courtney Alisha Druce
Courtney Alisha DruceOUR SASSY BLONDE ANGEL
Courtney Druce spent nearly half her life fighting cancer and she can rest now assured others will carry on the fight for her.

Miss Druce died Wednesday eight days shy of her 28th birthday after battling cancer on five occasions since her first diagnosis in 2004. She passed away surrounded by family in New Jersey at her mother’s home where she received hospice care for several weeks.

Her parents, former NHLer and Peterborough Pete John Druce, and mother Chantel, are both Peterborough natives. Courtney and John were honorary chairs of the Petes annual Pink in the Rink cancer fundraiser in 2014. John Druce has been an honorary member of the Pedal for Hope, a charity ride by local police to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer, since 2005. Miss Druce wrote about her battle with cancer on her blog Sassy Blonde – Cancer be Gone.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to lose someone so young who was so full of life. She had so much potential,” said Lyndsey Fullman, fundraising specialist for the Peterborough branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. “She was an incredible woman. The magnitude of her loss is absolutely massive. I know it was felt deeply on the Pedal for Hope team today. John Druce has been a personal friend of the Canadian Cancer Society and he joined the Pedal for Hope in honour of his daughter.”
Pedal for Hope co-ordinator John Townsend said it was a quiet day Thursday for riders currently in the middle of the three-week campaign. They’ll pedal 800 kilometres and visit schools from Peterborough to Durham Region to Brighton and Lindsay from April 25 to May 13.

“John Druce is a big part of our team and our family and today is a sad day for everybody on the team,” Townsend said.

It hit home as a reminder, Townsend said, of why they do the ride.

“We’re making so much progress in the fight against cancer and we’re making so much of a difference stats-wise compared to 20 years ago, but it’s days like this you realize we’re still not there.

 Graham *Cracker* Clarke
Graham *Cracker* ClarkeA TRUE CHAMPION
Graham *Cracker* Clarke was 12 1/2 years old when he passed away on January 26, 2007. He had fought cancer for half of his life. But more importantly, he lived every day of his life.

From a young age it was clear that Graham was very determined, had a great curiosity, and loved challenges. He was keen to try anything new.His interests included hockey, soccer, puzzles, cards and board games, Scouting, listening to music, piano, the Terry Fox Run, and family travels.

He was a true big brother, caring, gentle, always wanting to help others.The team approach to life appealed to Graham a great deal, whether it be family activities, fun with friends, or sports. Being part of the Pedal for Hope team was no exception.

To the Pedal for Hope team we say: Thank you, keep having fun, and keep up the hope! Cheryl, David, Kevin and Julie Clarke

Trevor Bartley
Trevor BartleyA TRUE CHAMPION
The Pedal For Hope Team pays tribute to a Special Friend we never had the pleasure of meeting. The 2005 Pedal For Hope Tour was dedicated to Trevor, and although we never met him, he and his family will be in our hearts forever.

Trevor William Bartley was born on May 25th, 1990 He weighed 9lbs 7oz’s, he was a very active boy, loved playing with his brother Jason and his sister Caitlin.The older he got the more he got involved in Basketball. At the age of 12 he was on two local basketball teams and one travelling team in Port Colborne Ontario where we lived, the travelling team placed number One in southern Ontario, he was awarded the MVP award by the Toronto Raptors.

We are always asked about Trevor, and we know by the fond way everyone talks about him that in his short life of 14yrs he touched a lot of hearts. And he will be missed by all that knew him.
We love you Trevor Bartley
Mom & Dad, Jason & Caitlin

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Robert Nesta Marley

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Pedal For Hope is a three week cycling tour delivering a message about kids living with cancer and supporting Pediatric Cancer Research.

In 2005, the Peterborough Chapter of Cops for Cancer took on a new identity. The Pedal for Hope Cycling Team was born and local children fighting cancer had a new support team behind them! Local police personnel, a retired N.H.L. hockey player and a great crew of support personnel have been dedicating time to this worthy cause. Starting in late April, the Pedal for Hope team cycles throughout Central Ontario visiting approximately 50 local schools delivering a message about kids living with cancer and raises funds for pediatric cancer research. As of now, Pedal for Hope has raised over $4 million dollars for pediatric cancer research.

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