Articles Edmonton Sun Freelance

News: Champs rally for a cause

Published in the May 13th issue of The Edmonton Sun. News


Champs rally for a cause

LINDA HOANG
Edmonton Sun

Drew Calvert’s hockey equipment has gone untouched for nearly eight months.

The former goaltender who had been playing hockey since the age of five and had graduated from the hockey program at Vimy Ridge Academy in 2008, is now in a wheelchair after being run over and dragged by a vehicle in July.

Will never walk again

Calvert barely survived, with injuries to his shoulders, ribs, spine, pelvis and lungs. Paralyzed from the waist down, he will never be able to walk again.

Calvert spent two months at the University of Alberta Hospital, followed by about six months at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, only finally being able to come home this past March, after his parents finished installing a wheelchair-accessible elevator and bathroom into their southeast Edmonton home.

“It feels great to be home,” he said Wednesday.

Calvert’s family had to pay over $40,000 to install the special elevator and bathroom.

“We needed those two things to make the house accessible enough for him to get out of the hospital,” said Calvert’s mother Trudy. “It’s been a long and drawn-out process.”

But more money needs to be spent on getting him a specially-modified vehicle, which could cost up to $50,000 on top of the cost of the vehicle itself.

That’s where the Edmonton Oilers, Eskimos, and other local sports celebrities come in.

The hockey program’s Carnival of Champions fundraiser, taking place Sunday, is meant to bring in funds to help Calvert and his family.

The Oilers’ Zack Stortini and Jason Strudwick, the Eskimo’s Aaron Fiacconi and Kyle Koch, other Oilers and Eskimos alumni, Eskimos cheerleaders and Rush dancers, Oil Kings players, Olympic Women’s hockey goaltender Shannon Szabados and others will be at the fundraiser over the weekend.

“At first I was thinking, ‘Why do I deserve this? It’s a lot.’ But then I started realizing, ‘I didn’t deserve this,’ ” Calvert said, motioning to his legs, while sitting in his wheelchair.

The fundraiser also includes food, a mobile video game theatre, a dunk tank and various games and challenges for kids. A silent auction will also be taking place, where items such as signed hockey gear from Wayne Gretzky and other Oilers will be auctioned off.

Money raised at the Carnival of Champions will go towards buying Calvert the specialized vehicle, as well as paying for his post-secondary education.

The 19-year-old had originally hoped to enter the instrumentation program at NAIT, but must now change his career path.

“I’m looking at maybe producing music,” he said, adding he listened to a lot of music while at the hospital. “I love music, it saved me.”

Grateful

Despite the difficulties of performing simple, everyday tasks, Calvert’s parents are happy the situation wasn’t worse.

“As bad as we all feel, it could have been so much worse and we’re so grateful,” Trudy said.

The Carnival of Champions fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Vimy Ridge Academy’s Donnan School campus, 7803 87 St.

Admission is $5 and free for kids age three and under.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

Previous Post
May 14, 2010
Next Post
May 14, 2010

Comments are closed.

Instagram

  • The last time I posted about the delicious and super affordable $11 five piece chicken set with two sides and a drink from @seoulfriedchicken, I didn’t realize they were closed for vacation and a lot of you messaged me and said you tried to go and were sad to find out they were closed lol. SO, I’M SORRY 😭😂💖 BUT! I’m happy to say they are no longer on vacation. 😄 I had a lovely lunch with @heyvanessaleigh there today! THE PESTO MAC AND CHEESE IS MY FAVOURITE MAC AND CHEESE EVER. I could eat it every single day. 🤤😍🤤😍🤤
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #seoulfriedchicken #edmontonfood #edmonton #exploreedmonton #friedchicken #koreanfriedchicken #pestomacncheese #macncheese #pesto #lunchdate #whyteave #oldstrathcona #koreanfood #yegdeals #whyteavenue #whyteavefood #damngoodfood #foodblogger #foodgrammer
  • Frosty eyelashes, hair and hats: evidence of our winter hike in #JohnstonCanyon #BanffNationalPark. 🗻❄️💖 Thanks to @kathytrinhle & @big_mitchy16 for being awesome hike guides! Now back to reality...
.
.
.
.
.
#banff #mybanff #mountain #canyon #winteradventure #travelalberta #explorealberta #frosty #frostyface #frozenwaterfall #winterhike #hikingadventures #mountainair #canadianrockies #rockymountains #travelingcouple #hikers #longweekend #alberta #albertalife #johnstoncanyonfalls #banfflakelouise #adventurers
  • When your backyard (sort of) is a beautiful mountain town. 🏔🙌🏻 In Banff this #longweekend, we enjoyed:
• staying at the @FairmontBanff Springs 🏰
• eating at the #WaldhausPub, @banffavebrewing, @banffbalkan & #Tooloulous 😋
• skating ⛸ in town and hiking #JohnstonCanyon with @kathytrinhle & @big_mitchy16! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
Perfect little getaway! 🏔💖
.
.
.
.
.
#banff #banffnationalpark #banfflife #explorealberta #travelalberta #snowy #winterwonderland #mountaintown #mountaintowns #alberta #mountaintop #views #touristtown #explorebanff #mybanff #banffinmybackyard #yeg #yyc #weekendgetaway #wanderlust #winteradventures #explorealways #rockymountains #canadianrockies #fairmontbanffsprings #johnstoncanyon
  • Family Day long weekend with my family and winter adventure buddy @mikethyking! 😊❄️⛸🗻
.
.
.
.
.
#banff #banffsprings #fairmontbanffsprings #explorealberta #travelalberta #explorebanff #iceskating #skating #frozenthrone #alberta #longweekend #weekend #mikeandlindork #winteractivities #winteradventures
  • Brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch brunch 😍
📸 pictured: the chocolate fondue banana pancakes at the #WaldhausPub @FairmontBanff Springs. 👌🏻 (eggs benny #yolkporn in my Story!)
.
.
.
.
.
#banff #mybanff #banffsprings #waldhaus #chocolatebanana #bananapancakes #pancakes #chocolatefondue #chocolatepancakes #brunch #sundaybrunch #fairmonthotels #sundayfunday #banfffood #explorealberta #travelalberta #banana #bananagram #explorebanff #travelbanff #banffbrunch
  • Convinced @mikethyking to stop at a couple of #InstagrammableWalls we missed on our last Calgary visit. 😜😊📸 He’s a great #InstagramHusband. We also visited a pop-up wall students worked on at @itsallatthejube (swipe 👈🏻 to see). They said the project was inspired by my Guide to #IGWallsofYYC blog post! 🙏🏻 When blogs/social media inspire action... 💕 It was really cool to see (you can see it too! On display til Mar 30). 💖
.
.
.
.
.
#yyc #igwall #muralwall #artwall #artwalls #artsywall #yycart #yycarts #calgary #capturecalgary #calgaryarts #calgarylife #explorecalgary #explorealberta #travelalberta #instagramwall #walltraveled #livecolorfully #yegtoyyc #travelgram #longweekend #jubileeauditorium @tourismcalgary
  • This #longweekend @mikethyking & I are in Calgary & Banff! I was excited to try sandwich shop & deli @EmpireProvisions and it did not disappoint! 🐷 The porchetta sandwich with rosemary garlic salsa verde was UNBELIEVABLE. One of those first bite makes you exclaim oh my god, kind of dishes. 🤤🙏🏻Must return to try their other sandwiches!! Thanks for the recommendation @jaypeacee! Happy Long Weekend everyone!!
.
.
.
.
.
#yyc #yycfood #capturecalgary #calgary #calgaryfood #calgaryeats #empireprovisions #porchetta #porchettasandwich #porkbelly #salsaverde #omgsogood #explorealberta #travelalberta #foodblogger #happylongweekend
  • Happy Lunar New Year / Year of the Dog! 🐶🎊❤️💛 📸 photo credit: @karmaephotos
.
.
.
.
.
#chucmungnammoi #vietnamesenewyear #tet #yearofthedog #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #LNY2018 #newyear #asiannewyear #zodiac #yeg #yegdogs #yegpets #tailsofyeg #edmontondogs #edmonton #exploreedmonton #terwillegardogpark #dogpark #furfamily #cutedogs #dogphotoshoot #dogsofig #yegdog #familyphoto #beaglesofig #justbeagles #huskycross #oliveandartie
  • Things I love ❤️ that are all in this photo:
• My Valentine @mikethyking 😚
• This romper dress 😍
• Better weather. 🙏🏻
Hope everyone has a sweet Valentine’s Day!
(or just a good Wednesday). 💕
.
.
.
.
.
#valentines #valentinesday #myvalentine #lovelove #yeg #yegtoyyz #yyz #mikeandlindork #mikeandlinda #love #romper #romperdress #husbandwife #toronto #torontolife #seetorontonow #lumarestaurant #travelbuddies #bae #alwaysandforever #bluesuit #couplegoals #mixedcouple
  • Ahead of #ValentinesDay 💕, I thought I’d throw back to this super cute photo of Olive on her Valentine’s spaghetti date with Australian Labradoodle Flynn! He didn’t really share the noodles. They’re no longer together. 👀😂 Click the link in my bio for some Valentine’s (or galentines or palentines) #ExploreEdmonton date ideas I shared on @CTVEdmonton this week! 💗
📸 photo cred: @jsp.photo 📸
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #yegpets #edmontonpets #yegdogs #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram #beaglesofig #justbeagles #lemonbeagle #australianlabradoodle #labradoodle #ladyandthetramp #ladyandthetrampstyle #yegnoodles #yegpasta #tailsofyeg #valentinespups #valentines #oliveandartie #dogsnamedolive #pets #petsofinstagram #dogdates
  • Our regular order at @kazoku_yeg is their delicious tonkotsu black garlic ramen 🍜 (for Mike) & the tonkatsu curry pork 🍛 (for me!) This weekend we added their chicken karaage, which is also wonderful. We love Kazoku! 💕
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #exploreedmonton #edmonton #edmontonfood #ramen #kazokuramen #japanesefood #japanesecurry #tonkotsu #tonkotsuramen #tonkatsu #tonkatsucurry #chickenkaraage #friedchicken #foodlover #noodles #yegnoodles #yegsoup #souperb #flatlay #ramen #yegramen
  • This week I tried a vegan restaurant AND the #SuperFoods menu at @milestonesrestaurants, so I’m feeling pretty healthy right now. 😉 This is the fiery (and it was fiery 🔥) Tunisian Chicken on quinoa and vegetables from #MilestonesRestaurant. They have a special Super Foods menu running until Feb. 25, that I was invited to try this weekend! It features tasty dishes specifically packed with things that are really good for your body, like antioxidants, fibre, omega-3s, protein, vitamins, probiotics and calcium (#FoodwithBenefits!) I also really enjoyed the Tempura Green Beans and Sweet Potato Fries from this same menu! 😋 #sponsored
.
.
.
.
.
#yeg #yegfood #edmonton #exploreedmonton #westedmonton #superfoods #healthyfood #cleaneating #milestonesrestaurants #foodswithbenefits #antioxidants #protein #healthkick #healthyeats #greekyogurt

LINDORK