Grant Fuhr Heads To Vancouver!

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  • (1888PressRelease) March 08, 2008 - (Vancouver, BC) – Grant Fuhr is returning to Vancouver but not permanently he is arriving to host a charitable event. CELEBS FOR KIDS is excited to have Grant Fuhr hosting their inaugural golf and poker tournament, August 14-15, 2008. This event will feature some of the top athletes and entertainers Vancouver has ever seen. Monies raised will go to the Ross Petty Research Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology to help kids with Lupus and Arthritis.

    “It’s so valuable to have someone of Grant’s quality to host our event! His presence adds even more and will bring some great hockey players back to hockey crazed Vancouver,” says Karim Chandani of Celebs for Kids.

    Grant Fuhr was inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, a former goaltender in the National Hockey League. He played for the Oilers for ten seasons, winning five Stanley Cups. Fuhr played in the National Hockey League All-Star Game and he played in goal for the NHL All-Stars in both games of the Rendezvous '87 series against the Soviet National Team. In 2004, he was hired by Wayne Gretzky to be the Phoenix Coyote’s goaltending coach and currently maintains this position.

    “I’m very excited about this event, to help raise money for children, I believe it is a good cause,” says Fuhr. To give back to the community is an opportunity that I have wanted to do for a long time, and this gives me the chance to do that and it feels great. We are going to bring in some great guys from Canada to help out as well.

    Grant’s invitation list is extensive from athletes to entertainers, Wayne Gretzky, Shane Doan, Mario Lemieux, Kevin Costner, Mike Eruzione, Jim McMahon, Emmitt Smith, Ray Bourque, Willie Gault, Adrian Young, Lil Jordan, Dan Jansen, Ryan Smyth, Jarome Iginla, Darryl Sydor, and many more.

    Lupus in children: that can’t happen, can it?
    Lupus is a severe autoimmune disease affecting any and often several body systems; it is chronic and requires lifelong medication and treatment. For some people with lupus, it can be life-threatening.

    Most people are not aware that children and teenagers can get lupus. Children as young as 3 years of age can develop lupus; overall about 15% of all people with lupus had their disease start in childhood. When lupus begins in children, it is more severe than in adults. In short, lupus is a devastating disease for children and teens with a major impact on their lives.

    Kids get arthritis, too: Juvenile arthritis:
    Arthritis can affect children and teenagers; in fact, juvenile arthritis is the 6th most common childhood disease, following asthma, congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy diabetes and epilepsy. Childhood arthritis is the #1 cause of acquired disability in children. Despite this, most people are surprised to hear that arthritis can affect children. About 1 of every 1,000 children will develop juvenile arthritis. Childhood arthritis is chronic, and requires long term use of medications, physiotherapy, occupational therapy; it affects how children participate in school, play and at home and it can alter how they develop physically and mentally through adolescence. Most children with arthritis will continue to have problems with their disease into adulthood.

    Celebs for Kids will include a Pairings Party and Poker Tournament, August 14th at Wild Bills Casino with 5 World Poker Champions, a celebrity at each table and great prizes, along with a golf pairings like no other. The following day, August 15 is the golf tournament at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club; this event will have two $1 million dollar Hole-in-ones, 4 luxury cars to win and much more.

    For more information regarding the Celebs for Kids Tournament and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gigi Rock Productions at 480-246-9616 or visit the tournament website at

    For all media inquiries, celebrity participation and interview requests, please contact Gigi Rock at 480-246-9616

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