On June 25 more than 133 people gathered at Wooden Sticks Golf club in Uxbridge, ON, for the 7th Annual Bad to the Bone Golf Classic in support of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. The weather was perfect – a first in the history of Bad to the Bone, which usually brings rain (and even hail!)
Host Sherry Bassin knows first-hand the value of orthopaedic surgery and care. After all, as the recipient of four new hips and two new shoulders, Sherry says he has more joint implants than real moveable body parts –all thanks to advancements in research.
“Imagine a world without research,” says Sherry. “Because of research advancements in orthopaedic surgery, and my surgeon, Dr. James Waddell, my quality of life has changed. I am able to lead a busy, active life at 78 years of age, despite being challenged by osteoarthritis.”
Seven years ago, after his third successful joint replacement surgery, Sherry wanted to give something back to support the orthopaedic community that had served him so well. He introduced the Bassin Bad to the Bone Charity Golf Classic, and there rest is history.
Sherry was all smiles as he drove around the course with his surgeon, Dr. James Waddell, watching the foursomes teeing off.
Hockey greats Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Alex Debrincat (Chicago Blackhawks), Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs) and many others were on hand to play a few holes, and sign autographs. The game was followed by the event banquet, featuring the ever-popular auction, with Sherry acting as the always-entertaining auctioneer. Such items as a Caribbean vacation (airfare and accommodations), trip to Montreal on VIA rail to see a Canadiens game, hockey sticks and signed jerseys, and various sports tickets, brought in a whopping $17,000.
The COF thanks all sponsors, foursomes and auction donors for supporting this signature event, which brought in $108,000. Proceeds support the Foundation’s mandate to fund orthopaedic research, education and patient care.