Players with Leo Hayes High School football team in Fredericton are coming to the aid of a teammate’s family by organizing a football camp as a fundraiser.
Leo Hayes player Ben McCaffrey’s mother, Rosselyne, was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. Ben's father, Michael, gave up his job as a long-haul truck driver to care for her. Rosselyne died on Sunday.
To help the family out financially, teammate Emmanuel Hebert struck on the idea of hosting a football camp, dubbed Gridiron For Cancer.
"I always thought, this isn't going to happen to someone I know, and then this past season I realized this is happening to someone I know and we have to do something because this is our teammate." Hebert said.
The players have even managed to recruit Jake Thomas, a Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Leo Hayes alumni, and Jordan Heather, the top university football player in Canada this year, to instruct at the camp.
The camp is being held Dec. 28 at the University of New Brunswick’s BMO Centre Dome.
Organizers say the more people who attend, the more money is raised.
"It's all about making a difference in the community and how one person can impact another's life," said Leo Hayes player Charlie Dee.