To our Amazing sponsors, donors and participants.
Hoops for Hope 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will not take place in 2014, but will return annually in September, 2015. Next year we will celebrate the 5th Hoops for Hope Tournament which will warrant all kinds of special festivity.
Our family welcome our newest son Jonathan James to the family on July 27th, 2013. We were so excited to have him join our family, but in December when Jonathan was nearly five months old, we were devastated to learn that he had an extremely rare metabolic disorder that is untreatable. His health quickly declined over the following six weeks, and on February 4th, at age six months, Jonathan passed away in Shaun and Katarina’s arms. The depth of our sorrow is beyond any words, and a lifetime of grieving will not take away the sadness we are left with nor the immense love and thanksgiving we have for the gift of his life.
Initially we had hoped that even in our deep grief we would still coordinate Hoops for Hope for 2014 – due to the importance of the cause and thanks to the competency of the dynamic group of people with whom we’ve worked over the past five years. However, while our committed volunteers are ever ready to help, we still hold a very central role in driving the event’s success. We hold ourselves to a very high standard of work ethic, and our wisdom tells us that it would be most appropriate for our family to take a break from the tournament for this year and return next year with more vigour than Hoops for Hope fans have seen before.
While the tournament will not take place this September, we do indeed invite our dedicated sponsors, players, and volunteers to support the fight against cystic fibrosis by making a donation for the 2014 year. Donations can be made online via Paypal on our website or by mailing a cheque to Hoops for Hope. More information can be found on the website’s donation page. All donations will receive a charitable donation tax receipt. We look forward to sharing anticipated generosity from our supporters through our social media tools.
We thank you for your continued dedication on behalf of all people who fight CF each day and their loved ones. We humbly ask for your prayers for our family as we continue to grieve living without our beloved Jonathan.
Katarina and Shaun Nechvatal