Yesterday we were excited to spend the day at Emily’s House and present this year’s cheque from Hockey for Grace. We are so thankful to each and every person who made this donation possible because… More
Welcome to Hockey For Grace, the website built to provide you with all the information you need for The Grace Manning Memorial Hockey Tournament & Charity Social. This yearly event is a way for us to remember and celebrate our beautiful baby girl Grace with all net proceeds benefiting Emily’s House; a children’s hospice, and Grace’s home while she was here. The hockey tournament and Charity Social, two events on one great day, will allow everyone, hockey player or not, to join in this great celebration of Grace while raising money for an important organization. We hope you’ll join us; either on the ice, at the party, or both! Thank-you for your love, support and for helping us celebrate Grace.
We are very excited to announce the dates for the 4th Annual Hockey for Grace Tournament & Charity Social happening April 4th & 5th, 2020. We are so happy to once again be hosting the Tournament at Newmarket’s NTR and the Charity Social at the Newmarket Optimist Club. More details about both events will be posted shortly.
This week we’ve been sharing with you all the reasons that we started and continue to run Hockey For Grace. Today we share the most important reason, Grace.
Our daughter Grace was born on February 16th, 2016. She was our first child and we were so excited for her arrival. She too was excited to see us as she arrived 8 weeks early. Shortly after her birth we were told the worst news we will ever receive; her days on this earth were limited. Grace brought us so much joy and so much love. She is one of our biggest accomplishments (shared only with her baby brother) and although we feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten the chance to meet her and to have time with her, we miss her so very much each and every day.
This week we’re sharing with you why we started and continue to run Hockey For Grace. Today we share the reason we raise money, Emily’s House.
There we sat in the hospital. Shocked, stunned and unsure what came next. We thought we would be taking our little girl home. We had no idea how to navigate this new reality; you don’t plan on your child dying. It quickly washed over me that the only place Grace would see of this world was the hospital, that was not okay. I blurted out more as a thought then a statement or question, “I want to take her home”. Nurse Stephanie looked at me and said “We can make that happen, but there’s another option, can I tell you about Emily’s House?”
Today we’re sharing the final reason for Hockey For Grace. Awareness. To start a conversation about Pregnancy & Infant Loss.
Did you know that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in a loss? We didn’t. It’s a staggering fact and one we didn’t hear through any of my pregnancy until we were 1 of those 4.
So many have personally been through a loss. A miscarriage, a stillbirth, a loss after birth. They all matter. They all hurt. As soon as you start trying, as soon as you see those pink lines on a pregnancy test, you start dreaming, you start planning, you start loving. Yet when a loss happens so many stay silent.