Young goalie looks to shut out lymphoma

Road Hockey For Garrett to help Vernon hockey/ringette goalie Garrett Adams as he battles sickness

He’s blanked a lot of hockey foes. He’s stoned some of the top ringette shooters in B.C. and Western Canada.

Now, Vernon’s Garrett Adams is facing the toughest opponent of his young life.

Lymphoma.

Adams, a recent Vernon Secondary School Class of ‘17 graduate, received the diagnosis shortly before the end of the school year.

A star goalie in Greater Vernon Minor Hockey and the Vernon Ringette Association, Adams can no longer work or do any other activities as he undergoes treatment.

As a goalie, Adams has had the backs of plenty of hockey and ringette teammates over the years. Now, those teammates, other friends and the community have got Adams’ back.

Road Hockey For Garrett takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fulton Secondary School’s parking lot.

The event will raise funds to help Adams and his family with some of the financial strain that will be placed on them as they travel for treatments.

The outpouring of support for the event, and since the diagnosis, has been overwhelming for Adams’ family.

“People we know well have been pillars of strength for us, but so have people we know only in passing, and even people we’ve never even met,” said Adams mom, Christine. “This community is truly remarkable.”

There will be road hockey, a barbecue, silent auction and games for the young and young at heart.

It’s $20 to play road hockey and the barbecue, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks, will be by donation.

More information on the event can be found on Facebook.com/Road Hockey For Garrett.