October 17, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) –Victoria Mariners are putting a challenge to all BCPBL teams to come together as a group in support of fellow teammate, Zack Downey who is fighting a battle with cancer.
A year ago Downey was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer that has required a series of chemotherapy sessions throughout the spring and summer months of this year.
“Zack is a fighter,” said Mike Chewpoy, coach with the Victoria Mariners. “He is showing his strength in this battle as many athletes do when faced with a challenge. The Mariner family is right there with him along the way and the blood donation is just one of way we’ve been supporting Zack and his family.”
The Victoria Mariner family would like to extend an invitation to the broader B.C. baseball families, the BCPBL, to show their support by donating blood to their local Blood Services chapter.
“As a leader in baseball in B.C., the BCPBL would like to extend this challenge to all teams in B.C. to step up and show your support for Zack and his family by donating blood as an organization”, said Ted Hotzak, BCPBL President.
The Downey family has incurred tremendous expenses in this journey and the Victoria Mariners have supported them in various ways. If you’d like to help, please visit the Victoria Mariners website at www.victoriamariners.com and go to the “Help Zack” tab for more information on how to help.
To organize a group donation, visit www.bloodservices.ca.