On Wednesday, April 13, prior to the Owen Sound Attack game versus the Barrie Colts, Mark Woolley proudly presented Diabetes Canada with a $25,000 donation.
The donation is Woolley’s second donation since launching Woolley’s Warriors in September 2019. Following over $40,000 raised and donated through the initiative’s first two years, Woolley and WW28 have now surpassed over $65,000 despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WW28 began with the goal of sending kids to D-Camps and ultimately connecting those living with diabetes through sharing Woolley’s personal story, while also building a platform for others to share. Now an Ontario Hockey League overager, Woolley was originally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 after his older brother Matt had also been diagnosed at birth. Woolley continues to meet and connect with diabetic youth and young athletes in addition to his fundraising efforts.
Part of Woolley’s fundraising included partnering with the Attack on the second annual Woolley’s Warriors Night held on February 26. The event raised over $19,500, incredibly surpassing the inaugural WW28 Night’s efforts of $2,500 raised and 10 wardrobe-sized boxes of clothing and household items in November 2019.
On hand for the presentation was Diabetes Canada’s Community Engagement Coordinator Lindsay Wig, who has been an exceptional support of WW28.
Most notably, the overwhelming success of WW28 would not have been possible – specifically following the last two years – without the support of so many who donated both financially and through genuine support.
“At the start of this season, if you would have told me we would have had a WW28 Night that raised almost $20,000, only to follow it up with a $25,000 donation this year, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Woolley reflected. “I remember when WW28 first started – we had a goal of being able to send a few kids to camp, and now seeing how far we come and the impact we’ve been able to have is truly amazing. I can’t thank each and every person who has shown us such strong support enough for making this possible.”
Diabetes Canada works tirelessly to advocate for and support Canadians living with diabetes with helpful resources, education, research, and more. We’re Canada’s source for facts about diabetes care, prevention, and finding a cure.