Another semester of ball-filled events at the University of Calgary has come to an end. This year Oneball UCalgary launched Testicular Cancer Awareness Week to promote the need for self-checks of testicular cancer in males.
The month of November has been nothing short of exciting for Oneball's UofC chapter. Our volunteers and executives have been working day and night to make our events run smoothly, and their work has paid of immensely. Both the testicular cancer awareness week and dodgeball tournament were massively successful in promoting testicular cancer awareness. These events made November Oneball UCalgary's most rewarding month to date!
ONEBALL SUPER BOWL PARTY
Come join the fun at Hudsons Downtown Calgary for Super Bowl XLIX, the 49th Edition of the Super Bowl Championship Game! Once again, the party will be for the benefit of the Oneball Charitable Cancer Organization (www.oneball.ca). Support a Great Cause and have a blast!
- Located at Hudsons Downtown Calgary (1201 5th Street SW)
- Facebook Event
- Appetizers to be provided by Keyera Corp.
- Show up early to place bets (buy squares, fill out props sheets, buy 50/50 tickets, etc.)
- Kick-off is at 4:30 PM MST
- Katy Perry / Lenny Kravitz halftime show
- Prizes to be paid in cash at the end of the game
A special Thank you goes out to Hudsons Tap House and the Keyera Corporation for helping sponsor this event!
The time has come to give testicular cancer its fourth annual punch to the groin. The infamous Oneball Head Shave event is back!
The brave souls who have volunteered to raise money and get their heads shaved:
The floods that postponed our event have give our shavees some extra time to grow their luscious locks. This is gonna be a hairy affair. Don't miss it!
Hello, my name is Gibson Cole and I am here to punch cancer in the groin. In September of 2011 while on my honeymoon I was a little dismayed to find a lump in my left testicle. Upon our return home, my wife Tracy and I went to the doctor's to get it looked at and things happened pretty fast from there. We were told it was very likely testicular cancer and that I would be scheduled for a surgery within the week to get it removed-to become a "one baller" so to speak. As you can imagine, it was disconcerting for me to learn I was about to lose a part of myself from that area. That, and the terrible "c" word was involved. Even more disconcerting however; was sharing the news with family and friends. We had just been married and everyone was quite concerned about us and the possibility that we might not be able to have children. That was easily the most stressful part of it for me. Making big decisions on whether to sperm bank and so on. That and everyone worrying about me, I didn't want people to worry.
Needless to say I had the surgery, I waited, I went through the scans, x rays, and blood tests. I was very fortunate and received good news. We had caught it at a really early stage and even though I still get the scans, x rays, and blood tests, I have not had to go through chemotherapy. I believe education on this matter to be huge. In being a shavee for Oneball this year I hope to spread awareness of testicular cancer and all the things people may not know about it.
I'm happy to report Tracy and I were blessed with the arrival of our new son Zander on January 29, 2013 and we couldn't be happier about it. This whole experience has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. The support of family, friends, and organizations like Oneball have made all the difference. Please help me to support this cause so that it may support the many others that will face this situation.
Hi, I'm Arthur and I'm here to give cancer a kick in the groin! One of my best friends was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 and I would like to show my support. Not to mention there has been lots of cancer in my family. I'm making a stand!
Now I have a nick name, and that is: Foof. As you might have guessed, my hair had something to do with that....and it is driving me crazy! Help me this June 20 and come out to bid on this fro!
I am pumped to have become a part of this charity event aimed at punching cancer in the groin as well as raising awareness. I am a late addition, however I assure you I will be a top quality shavee! I have curls that are only rivaled by the likes of Richard Simmons... except longer. I would like to mention that I have lost an uncle to cancer and that this is part of my motivation to help the cause. On top of that, I have some good friends involved and am truly glad to be able to help this cause through my beautiful hair! Please help me raise as much money as I can in less than a week. I don't have much time so dig deep and give what you can. I greatly appreciate any support! Here's to all the one baller's out there!
The following organizations have graciously sponsored our 2013 event. We thank them warmly for their support.
The time has come to give testicular cancer its third annual punch to the groin. The now infamous Oneball Head Shave event is back! Strap yourselves in!
Not only will be shaving people's heads, eyebrows, legs and whatever else we can auction off, we'll also have a silent auction, amazing comedy show, a raffle, and perhaps even more!
The following organizations have helped make our 2012 event a reality. We encourage you to rush out and buy everything you can from these incredible folks!
Trevor lives in Innisfail, AB with his wife Marcia, and their two children Lucas and Paige. He is committed to his work in the oilfield for Sanjel Corporation out of Red Deer and has been there for over 13 years. Read More
Camping, quading and spending time with his family and friends are some of Trevor’s favourite pastimes.
"When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in November 2010, if felt like my world was coming crashing down on me. At the time I didn’t know anything about testicular cancer, but after doing some research on the procedures I would be enduring my family and I started to feel better about the situation. During my chemotherapy sessions, a good friend of mine suggested I look at the Oneball website. He just so happened to be the auctioneer at the Shaveoff event. After searching the Oneball site, and watching Jason’s video diaries, I was very confident that everything was going to be ok."
"My wife and I attended the 2nd annual Oneball Headshave event in 2011. I was hooked, and eager to help the Oneball group in any way I could. I haven’t cut my hair since I lost it to chemotherapy over a year ago. What better way to support cancer survivors and current patients, than to become a shavee this year."
Glenda is a nurse at the Tom Baker Cancer Center who has seen many many testicular cancer patients going through chemotherapy. Read More
Glenda is shaving her head because she thinks it is very important to support our young testicular cancer patients. She has a such a big heart for our patients so please come out and support her!
J.R. is a born and bred Calgarian. With a thirst for exotic travel, JR lived in both Winnipeg and Lethbridge, where he eventually graduated with a degree in Finance. Read More
J.R. currently works for Livestock Water Recycling; a Calgary based environmental company focused on agricultural water treatment. A known Pearl Jam groupie, when not on tour JR loves to spend his time playing basketball and hockey.
Attending the Oneball event last year was an incredibly moving experience. Witnessing the passion and drive of those involved and what they were able to achieve was an inspiration. I have known Jay Baker for many years, but I feel as though I got to witness a side of him that night, one that I admire and respect a great deal. My participation in this even is a no-brainer. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to share in the passion of my friends and contribute in any way I can to such an amazing cause. It’s an honor to have the chance to make a difference in the many lives of those affected by this disease.
Tom and his great head of hair grew up in Calgary and met Jason while windsurfing many years ago. Their friendship grew over many adventures both on the water and over drinks. Read More
This isn’t the first time Tom has given up his hair for Jay either, as a number of Jay’s friends shaved their heads prior to Jay’s initial round of chemotherapy.
"I have always been proud to have Jay as a friend. His relentless enthusiasm and lust for life is infectious and shines a light on all those who are lucky enough to call him a friend. After Jay was diagnosed with Cancer, what I found really impressive is that Jason’s positive attitude never collapsed. In the face of adversity, Jason rose, and now he asks all of us to rise in the fight against testicular cancer. I think he is the Winston Churchill of testicular cancer!"
"I like a man who grins when he fights"
— Winston Churchill
Tom is proud to be a part of the Oneball head shave charity, and is looking forward to shaving his lovely head of hair for testicular cancer. Heck, if he raises more than $5,000 he will happily wax his back as well... but hopefully nobody wants to see that!
Take part in this year's silent auction, bid on these and more:
- Lasik eye surgery
- Wine tasting, Dinner packages, and a case of J. Lohr wine
- Two Golf Packages, and a getaway to Emerald Lake Lodge
- Luggage, skis and sports apparel
- Calgary Flames merchandise
- Discounted Realtor package to sell your home
- Photography package
- Original artwork
- Over 25 items in total!
Money raised will go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and will be directed towards testicular cancer research and awareness initiatives backed by Oneball.
The gloves are off and the “balls” are to the wall... we're throwing events to fight this disease!
$40,000 in a single night. Can you believe it?
We did it! We achieved another amazingly successful head shave event in 2011. We were targeting $25,000 and we blew it out of the water by raising $40,000! The event was held at Yuk Yuk’s once again, and a special thank you goes out to Angie and her amazing staff. We sold out for the second year in a row with over 250 people in attendance.
We couldn’t have done this without our incredible sponsors. They are:
The auction itself was once again powerful, energetic and hilarious thanks to the wonderfully talented Ryan Smith of Champion Auctions. Why is this guy not doing stand-up? Amazing.
The true heroes of the event were, of course, our five very brave shavees, and the generous loved ones who sponsored them. They graciously donated their locks and their money in the name of eliminating testicular cancer. See their pictures below, and let their selfless examples inspire you to take action.
Head Shaver Profiles!
I am Jason’s very proud Mom, proud mother-in law to Christy and exited Grandmother to their daughter Addyson.
When the call came to us that Jason was on his way into surgery to be treated for testicular cancer we were too stunned to react. Stuff like that always happens to someone else, right? Not so. The surgery went well as did his recovery and we were feeling pretty complacent that we had gotten off easily and life would go on as usual. So we joyfully celebrated their wedding and the upcoming birth of a first grandbaby. But we were in for another shock when they discovered more cancer and knew Jason would have to undergo chemo.
An emotional roller coaster ensued. We wanted to be there to help but they felt they needed to fight this together as a couple. We had to respect and admire them, but as parents it was very difficult to be so far away. They were great about keeping us informed but we could see weekly the toll it took on both Jason and a very pregnant Christy. Jason had his last chemo treatment just before their beautiful daughter was born.
I am very proud of the two of them as it was truly a journey they both took. Jason is a very positive person and always sees the bright side so I was not surprised when he wanted to make a video of his struggle and start a charity to support and inform other cancer patients.
Their network of friends is wonderful and they were amazing in their support. A very heartfelt thank you to them all as it made it so much easier for us knowing caring people were always there for them.
Since then we have lost a number of close friends to cancer and know of many more who are fighting this horrible disease. It seems to be everywhere and none of us are immune. Anything we can do to find a cure, we need to do, and if an act as simple as shaving my head helps to keep someone else from becoming ill it seems a very small price to pay.
Vance is originally from New Brunswick (Dalhousie) and came to Alberta (Calgary) in 2008. After graduating from Dalhousie University(1992) he joined the chartered accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP (where he is now a partner) and has been with them ever since (other than a 6 month “sabbatical” to mountain bike/hike/explore North America in 1995). Vance dedicates his personal time to his wife and 2 daughters, and to running, hiking, biking, exploring and generally keeping active.
Vance has a general passion for working with charities and has a particular interest in assisting those that impact youth and young adults. Cancer has generally affected all of us in some way or another and when he met Jason Baker a couple of years ago and heard his story, he felt that shaving his head (and face) would be a small sacrifice for a great cause.
Mike has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Management at the University of Lethbridge and is now is one of two partners at Optiema Inc, a small Accounting and Finance Recruitment firm. Outside of work Mike likes to keep active by playing a number of different sports and participating in a number of outdoor activities.
Mike had first met Jason through mutual friends about five years ago but they became much tighter in the last two years while playing hockey together.
Aaron is a part of the leadership team at Western Electrical, one of the largest electrical companies in Alberta. When he isn't helping Calgarian's to keep the lights on he can be found on the water - specifically behind a boat surfing, boarding or any other water sport you can think of.
We are happy to have Aaron's generous support of his huge curly afro for our cause. As you can see this shave is going to be a big project for the lucky winners of his shave auction!
Nick is native to Argentina and has been in Canada for almost 10 years.
Calgary has been home for 7 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Nick is fortunate enough to meet people like Jason and Christy who share the same passion in sports. Thanks to Christy, Nick met Jason 6 years ago.
"Cancer… this word seems to be the equivalent to death, dead, fear… but after seeing and participating through Jason’s brave journey to defeat this disease my thoughts have changed. Cancer can be defeated. Jason is the perfect example of the determination, bravery, love and willingness to live that is needed to survive and defeat cancer. I believe events like this one help me overcome the fear this word causes."
The gloves are off and the “balls” are to the wall... we're throwing events to fight this disease!
Head/Beard Shave Event
Our inaugural fundraising event took place on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Yuk Yuk’s at the Elbow River Casino . Six brave friends, family members, and local Calgary celebrities did their part by raising sponsorship dollars and donating their salad in the name of testicular cancer.
What a huge success….together we raised over $26,000! From the help of the generous 200+ guest in attendance our $10K fundraising goal was shattered. With the clever auctioneering skills of our talented auctioneer Ryan Smith (Champion Auctions) we raised over $11,000 in just three short hours.
A big thanks to our partners at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (Angie) & House of Toli Salon(Corie) for their donated services and time. Your staff and team were amazing to work with!!
A HUGE thanks to our brave “shavee’s”; Angela, Jim, Cory, Darren, Tun and Kevin! This event and its success could not have been made possible without your donated time and support towards our cause. You are each truly heros!
Head Shaver 2010 Profiles!
Angela McConnell is a 32-year-old wife to a wonderful husband, Don and a mother to three beautiful children, Parker, Kate and Matthew.
Like many of us, cancer has affected many people in my life. I have lost people very dear to me but I have also had the good fortune of knowing some cancer survivors. Jason Baker, the founder of The One Ball Organization, is one of those survivors. Watching him and his wife Christy, struggle with his cancer and chemotherapy for seemingly endless months while they were expecting their first child, was both disheartening and uplifting. To watch them stay positive and share in the successes of their attitudes and advances in cancer treatments was truly a privilege.
While Christy and Jason dealt with their medical horrors, I also dealt with a medical crisis. I had a massive pulmonary embolism on August 2 that left me in the Intensive Care Unit. Initially, there was a lot of confusion about the diagnosis and the cause of my symptoms. At one point, my husband was having candid discussions with the cardiothoracic surgeons about success rates of my proposed open-heart surgery.
Unfortunately, the looks on my husband’s face (he is an acute care physician) told the story all too well. Since then, the diagnosis became clear and I have the good fortune of having excellent medical care and I can be here sharing my life with my husband, children, family and friends.
These “close calls” with death take their toll on people but they also teach us a lot. They teach us to cherish the important people in our lives, they teach to dig deep and find the courage to survive, to smile when we just want to cry, to hug people longer, to find hope in the bleakest situations, to forgive more readily, to pray more openly and to thank our medical researchers for their incredible devotion to medical advancements.
I have always had long hair; if I can raise money and hope for cancer research and for cancer patients, by shaving my head, I will gladly contribute. Please do whatever you can to contribute to this worthy cause.
Jim Diachuk is definitely a family man with many kids and grandchildren to keep him busy. He is big old daddy to Christy, Carla, and Nadine, father-in-law to Jason and Darren, and the very proud grandpa Jim-Jim to Lilly, Addyson, andSonny.
My family has lost many precious family members and close friends to Cancer. In 1984 I had to watch as cancer robbed my mother, Verna Diachuk of her life. In 2007 my wife Candy passed away from cancer and left our family heart broken and mourning. We as a family stood together and fought the battles against cancer as it ravaged their bodies but watched helplessly as their lives slipped away. It is so easy to blame the medical system but after consideration I have found it is better to support Cancer Foundations and Charitable Organizations to work for a better tomorrow. I presently donate to various Cancer fundraisers and for the past eight years I have dedicated much of my time in April towards door to door canvassing for Cancer in my neighbourhood.
I am dedicating my hair for this event because of my love for Jason and my admiration of him as a husband, father and son. I fully support his strong will and his personal goal to give “Testicular Cancer A Punch In The Groin”.
At my age, what is left of my longish greying hair is important but supporting Jason’s cause is a priority. I challenge my family to set up to the plate and offer their hair for next years event. GO Jason Go!!! One Ball TeamYEAH!!!!!!!!
I’ve been fortunate to have lived a full healthy life up to this point. The same can not be said for all of my friends and family. It’s with certainty that I can say diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Lupus, and MS to name a few have touched us all. Maybe not directly but we all know somebody who has suffered at the hands of one of these tragic diseases. Watching friends and family battle through these can be both devastating and inspiring at the same time.
To play my part I have agreed to participate in the “One Ball” event to fight testicular cancer. This is a great event put on by a close personal friend who battled through this terrible disease, not once but twice all before the age of thirty.
Hello, my name is Darren Carpenter. I am the father of a wonderful baby boy and the humble Husband of an amazing and beautiful wife. I wanted to help support the One Ball Organization because there is not one person I know who has not been affected by some form of cancer. My Grandmother lost her battle a few years ago with cancer after a long hard fight. She was so brave!
I met Jason about 5 years ago in Hood River Oregon on a Windsurfing/Kitesurfing trip and that is when our bromance started. Baker is the type of guy that people gravitate to. He instantly became my close friend and our families have travelled to windsurfing destination together ever since.
I am proud to help my friend with his cause!
With a full head of lustrous hair and a great sense of humour, Tun Myo has enthusiastically agreed to shave off his lovely locks for cancer. Cancer is a matter close to Tun’s heart, as he lost his father to the disease five years ago.
“Cancer is something that certainly leaves a mark on your life. It has the capability to turn your life upside down instantaneously while affecting your life forever. I am doing this because I know what it’s like to feel helpless while you encourage someone to fight. I am doing this for my dad.”
Tun will be raising money with the support of his co-workers and close friends. An accountant by day, Tun is also an avid photographer whose life goal is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I am currently the General Manager of the Elbow River Casino and until recently have not been exposed to the tragedy and heart-breaking effects cancer inflicts on people everyday. We help raise money through the casino and the charities that participate with us, but until somebody near and dear to me was affected could I begin to appreciate the hardship and the strength of the patient, the family and their friends.
My sister Sherrill was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer 7 months ago, and I’m sorry to say I will be attending her memorial service a few hours before this event. She was a loving wife and Mother, a wonderful daughter and sister, and a beloved teacher. I can say with conviction, I plan on living my life with a greater sense of meaning and purpose after seeing how her health changed so quickly. Sherrill was so brave and such an inspiration to all of us; anything I can do to help the cause would be something she would be proud of.
In addition, a long time friend and co-worker has also been diagnosed with cancer and money is being raised for her in the casino in conjunction with your event. Thank you for your efforts.