$7,000 ‘rounded up’ in memory of Shannon Adams

$7,000 ‘rounded up’ in memory of Shannon Adams
BRANTFORD—Nith River Round Up, a ranch located in Brantford, raised $7,000 from the Shannon Adams Memorial roping event. The event was in honour of Shannon Adams, a Canfield resident who passed away from cancer earlier this year following a hard-fought battle that saw her and her family supported by the entire Haldimand community. Hosted by Chad and Dani Beechey, the recent event was held on August 13 and 14, 2022, with the cheque presentation taking place on August 30. Family and friends of Shannon gathered at a cheque presentation ceremony, where the $7,000 raised at the event was presented to Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton. —submitted photos.

By Haldimand Press Staff

BRANTFORD—Nith River Round Up, a ranch located in Brantford, is behind $7,000 raised through the Shannon Adams Memorial roping event, benefitting Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

Prior to her passing, Haldimand County rallied to find Shannon a donor and to show support for her family. This recent event, hosted by Chad and Dani Beechey, was held on August 13 and 14, 2022; the cheque presentation then took place on August 30. The funds were donated toward Plasma Cell Leukemia Multiple Myeloma research. 

According to a press release, the couple felt it was “right to honour Shannon Adams at this year’s roping event after she passed away from Plasma Cell Leukemia Multiple Myeloma Cancer on January 28, 2022.” 

With Shannon’s daughter Abby learning to rope at Nith River, the couple has a deep history with the Adams family, and were friends of Shannon’s: “They spoke many times of the girls’ love of animals, especially horses, and how important the animals were to them during her battle with cancer.”

One of the highlights of the event was watching Abby make the first catch of the weekend.

BRANTFORD—Abby Adams, daughter of Shannon Adams – a Canfield resident who passed away following a battle against cancer, kicked off the Shannon Adams Memorial Roping event in style, showcasing the skills she has been learning at Nith Ranch. —Submitted photo.

This is the second year that Nith Ranch has hosted the Round Up event as a fundraiser. Last year, it was hosted in honour of Will Biro, “a young cowboy who tragically passed away in 2020.”

The event continues a tradition of legacy fundraising in Shannon’s name, with her husband Brad Adams completing a days-long horse ride across the county last spring, raising thousands in the process. 

“Brad and Shannon both devoted their careers to saving the lives of others – Brad as a Sergeant with the Hamilton Police Services, and Shannon as a nurse at Norfolk General Hospital,” said the release.

Brad’s hope is that people will continue to donate blood and stem cells in the goal of helping to cure the terrible disease that claimed Shannon’s life. 

To register as a stem cell donor with Canadian Blood Services, visit blood.ca. If you are between the ages of 17 and 35 years old, you can contribute; however not everyone who registers will be matched to a patient and asked to donate stem cells. With more than 800 patients waiting for a stem cell match in Ontario, the need is ever present.

For more information on Shannon’s campaign, and how you can help, visit Shannon’s Plasma Mates on social media.