What a great way to end the week with some great baseball with our First Responders and members of our Military, 29 teams played for this two day event and it was so fun and everyone was a winner.

Cancer continues to affect many in our community, including those who actively serve as emergency responders.  Through challenge however, the passion for change is sparked and the efforts which endeavor to initiate it.  One of the cornerstones of firefighting is to serve the community and help others.  Inspired by their own member, Tim Sutton and his journey in overcoming cancer,  a group of Oshawa firefighters  is stepping up to the plate once again to host an event to continue to build on the foundation of giving back. The Annual Emergency Services Slo Pitch Tournament will rally together emergency responders from all realms of service to raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Oshawa firefighter Tim Sutton has been an active member of the local fire service since 2007 (prior service with Whitby and Peterborough).  Tim loves his job and serving the public.  A battle with cancer shifted gears for the first responder, relying on others to help him.   The inspirational journey in beating the disease and the exceptional care he received from the Centre, lead to a chain of events that spearheaded the creation of this successful event.  Tim was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November of 2015.  Tim sought treatment at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and received the news in 2016 that was in remission. Due to the high level of care by Tim’s team of doctors and nurses, he decided to create his own charity ride for cancer, giving back to the institution that he credits saving his life.   Just four weeks after being informed of his remission, Tim completed his first annual Enbridge Ridge to Conquer Cancer.  Inspired by Tim’s own fundraising efforts and determination to rally back, fellow firefighters stepped forward to build upon fundraising efforts.  In 2016, the Emergency Services Slo Pitch Tournament was launched and raised $2200 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  In 2017 that number grew to $4600.  This year with 29 teams that played we are sure the numbers have doubled