As the winds blew gently over Ramsey Lake yesterday, many residents gathered to drop a line and drop off donations in memory of Sudbury boy Noah Borgogelli.
Four-year-old Noah lost his fight to a rare form of cancer -- acute myeloid leukemia, earlier this year but his memory lives in the hearts of those that came out to continue to support other families who face similar hardships.
Sudbury resident, Shawn Scott, had never imagined that his Fishing for a Cure Derby to help families like Noah Borgogelli's would be such a hit.
"Each and every year it keeps getting bigger and better, this year about 140 people have registered, and we are so thankful their support," Scott said.
Five years ago, Scott started the derby to raise funds to help his friends, Noah's parents, spend time with their sick child. He decided to take matters into his own hands. Now, the event raises funds that are donated to Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer. Till date, Scott has raised over $25,000 for NOFCC which in turn helps relieve the financial burden of many local families in their most trying times.
"I have two beautiful, healthy kids and I can't bear going through something similar to that, so to have some families live through that struggle and financial burden while their child is fighting another battle, it's definitely a no-brainer for me to help families in need," Scott said.
For those of you who have never participated in Scott's fishing derby, the rules are simple.
You can pre-register and grab your tickets before the event starts. You can drill holes all throughout Ramsey Lake, and at 9 a.m. the car horn signals the start of the competition to have the biggest catch.
Perch and trout catches are common at this event. However, this year's catch had never been heard of before.
"This year surprisingly and it's going to be a shock to the community as well, but there was a splake pulled out," Scott said.