Calgarians show overwhelming support for “Skate the Lake” – First annual CCBCF event

Watch the featured video above ~ Skating on a lake is one of the ultimate Canadian experiences, especially for young hockey players.

Jordan Feradi was one of those kids who loved hockey on the lake, especially McKenzie Lake.

CCBCF - Hemet & GlovesBut in August of 2012, after a battle with brain cancer, Jordan passed away at just eight-years-old. His parents, family and friends were devastated, but they sought a way to keep Jordan’s memory alive and to help children with brain cancer.

John and Shawna Feradi, Jordan’s parents, realized there was not an organization that specialized in children’s brain cancer, so they established the Canadian Children’s Brain Cancer Foundation (CCBCF), inspired by Jordan.

On January 24, 2016 the Feradis and CCBCF held Skate the Lake, a big community event that drew over 400 people to McKenzie Lake, including all of Jordan’s former teammates, plus members of the Calgary Hitmen along with head coach Mark French.

With over $30,000 raised, the event was tremendously successful. In addition to food and drinks sponsors Tim Hortons, Cobs Bread and other community organizations, participants were able to play shinny, skate the loop around the lake, or hang out by the fire to stay warm.

The weather was perfect, just below zero with a small amount of flurries adding to the ambiance.

After the tremendous success of this year, the event will be continued annually to raise more funds for the CCBCF, and should become a staple for winter events in the Calgary community.

To learn more about the Canadian Children’s Brain Cancer Foundation you can visit their website at

Click the button to view the “Skate the Lake” photo gallery

Some moments shared during the day on Twitter…

CCBCF - Jordan 17

Photography by Lucia Savoie

News article written by Neil Hilts


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