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.
Emily’s House is a special place for kids and youth. A place of compassion, care, comfort, laughter, learning and play. Featuring a home-like, comforting environment, Emily’s House is dedicated to caring for children with complex needs while supporting their families. It is the first of its kind in Toronto and among 6 in Canada. Emily’s House brings together high quality, respite and palliative care with the warmth and comfort of a child-focused environment that allows children and their families to have a home away from home for respite, pain and symptom management and palliative care.
Emily’s House offers a third option for a care setting, when hospital and home are not desired or feasible. Hospitals are busy, sterile places, with little space for families to have privacy, and home may be limited in terms of medical support and much needed respite.
Endorsed and supported by Sick Kids Hospital, and serviced by expert physicians, trained nursing staff, dedicated play, art and spiritual care therapists as well as a dedicated management staff and board of directors, Emily’s House brings health care and heart together for the benefit of critically sick children and their families.
Whether a life is measured in days, weeks, months or even years, children living with a life-limiting diagnosis deserve the opportunity to learn, play, develop and grow….to just be kids. Emily’s House helps families make memories out of minutes and miracles out of days.
“What truly makes Emily’s House the place it is is its unbelievably caring, giving and loving staff and volunteers. Each and every person associated with Emily’s House looked after and loved us like we were part of their family. They laughed and cried with us and they will forever be a part of our family and hold a big spot in our hearts”
~ Amy Manning
If you would like to make a donation to Emily’s House click here.
Something special is happening this year. This year we are including some very special people in #HockeyForGrace2020. This year all Hockey for Grace team names will be in honour of a baby or child who has died. We would like to introduce you to the 20 children who we will be celebrating, remembering and honouring in this years tournament. Each has touched this world in such special ways and although they each have left us much too soon they will never be forgotten. Please take the time read their stories, and get to know each of these beautiful souls. At the end of each of their stories is also a link where you can head to make a donation to the team of your choice.
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?”