Paul James Brown
'Du It For The Skipper' is a fundraiser I created to raise money in my father's name for the Northumberland Hills Hospital (Cobourg, ON) Lions & Lioness Chemotherapy & Supportive Care Clinic.
I started callin my dad 'Skipper' around 1996, & it just seemed to stick. Even my friends would call him that.
On April 30, 2004, Skipper was diagnosed with cancer. He received treatment at several fantastic medical facilities but during his last years, he asked that his treatment be overseen by the staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH). While we were preparing for his funeral, Skipper asked that donations be made to the hospital when he died. Of course, we honoured this request.
On February 27, 2013, Skipper died. He was 69 1/2. Hours before he passed, the Dr asked him if he had any questions. His answer? "No. I just want to thank you for everything you've done." Since then, I ave continued to thank them.
In 2013, I raised over $2600 for the NHH Chemo Clinic and in 2014, I raised over $3500.
The 2014 fundraiser was on On October 26, 2014; my father's birthday. I cycled 60.5km, and then ran 9km. The run is typically the most challenging for me, and it represents the years that my father had cancer. That's why it was at the end of the race. I ended my run at the roundabout in front of the NHH with my wife while carrying the Canadian Flag.
For now, I'm taking a break from th Du It For The Skipper fundraiser, but I have some exciting ideas for future events...