Armstrong’s Tristan McKenzie

Gifts support hospital

Tristan McKenzie of Armstrong collects donations to B.C. Children's Hospital, instead of gifts, for his birthday

What kid isn’t excited to have a birthday party and receive lots of gifts from friends and family?

Certainly not Tristan McKenzie of Armstrong.

McKenzie, a defenceman/forward-when-needed with the North Okanagan White Knights Novice Division hockey team, turned eight on Dec. 4.

But rather than receive gifts for his birthday, McKenzie asked for cash donations.

“His plans were to donate all of the money to B.C. Children’s Hospital,” said his proud mom, Lydia Jovanovic.

Though he did receive a few gifts, McKenzie was able to return them to get the cash and he ended up raising $433.25.

But McKenzie’s story doesn’t end there.

With the White Knights slated to play in a tournament in Hope on Valentine’s Day weekend, Lydia figured she and her son would go into Vancouver after the tournament and donate the money in person.

On Monday, Feb. 16, McKenzie walked into B.C. Children’s Hospital and made his donation.

And there’s still more.

At the hospital, McKenzie and his mom were able to visit with a dear family friend who is battling cancer.

“She is the true hero and it was amazing to see her smile,” said Lydia. “We had some great laughs and brought her some stuff to keep her busy for her last couple rounds of chemo.”


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