PALMERSTON – Six-year previous Mya Martin could also be confined to a wheelchair, however that gained’t cease her from being on the ice for an Oct. 21 puckdrop.
The eldest of Titus and Kristen Martin’s three kids, Mya has a spina bifida, leaving her with out using her legs.
Actually translating into “break up backbone,” spina bifida is a congenital defect during which protecting tissue fails to type over the spinal wire.
“I’ve identified them for plenty of years,” Winston Shantz stated of the Martins.
“Outdoors of a miracle, her situation is everlasting,” he advised the Advertiser lately.
Readers could acknowledge Shantz from a hockey event fundraiser final 12 months for the Brubacher household and 12-year-old Trevor, who suffers from a uncommon dysfunction inflicting the tiny blood vessels in his kidneys to swell and bleed.
“Once I began it (the hockey event) final 12 months … my purpose was from the begin to make it an annual occasion,” Shantz stated.
Now he’s hoping to lift cash to assist the Martins construct a wheelchair-accessible residence for Mya that features an elevator.
There’s a hefty price ticket for the house, and although Shantz doesn’t have a agency goal, he would like to see $50,000 raised.
“My expectations had been blown out of the water final 12 months,” Shantz stated of the $20,000 raised for a humble purpose of $5,000.
“Something we will do to assist.”
This 12 months’s event will resemble the final, with eight already chosen groups going through off on the Palmerston and District Neighborhood Centre Complicated.
However as an alternative of cramming all of it right into a Saturday, gamers will lace up and hit the ice at 7pm on Oct. 20. There shall be 4 video games performed that Friday evening, with the ultimate sport scheduled to begin at 10pm.
The subsequent morning, on Oct. 21, groups are again at it beginning at 8am.
There shall be two swimming pools of 4 groups every, with the highest two groups from every pool shifting to the semi finals. High groups from the semis will transfer onto the Saturday ultimate, scheduled for 6pm.
Shantz advised the Advertiser that spectator stands had been packed final 12 months, taking him unexpectedly.
“We had lots of people come out final 12 months,” he stated. “It was an awesome turnout.”
With loads of motion on the ice, and sport favourites reminiscent of burgers and pulled pork being served up, he’s hoping for a lot of the identical this 12 months.
“I hope that they will really feel the assist of the group and mates round them,” Shantz stated of the Martins.
Final 12 months, the group gave a standing ovation when the Brubachers participated within the ceremonial puck drop — undoubtedly the spotlight of the day for Shantz, he stated.
When the Martins are out on the rink for this 12 months’s drop, Shantz hopes Mya will see individuals rallying round her and supporting her life’s journey.
“I hope the group can have an awesome uplifting day once more this 12 months,” he added.
Money donations shall be accepted on the event. Donations may also be e-transfered to [email protected].