Most of your know who Jim Best is. He’s been part of the dodgeball community in Nova Scotia for years and although up until recently he was based out of the Annapolis Valley, you could count on him and the rest of the Valley Dodgeball crew to travel to Halifax just about anytime a tournament was held in the city. Recently Jim relocated to the HRM and finally had his chance to join NSD as a regular season player but has had to take the summer off…
Jim has taken the summer season off though to drive his motorcycle across Canada to help raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that Jim has lived with his entire life. Cystic fibrosis causes a sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, clogging them and leading to life-threatening infections. It also clogs the pancreas so the body can’t properly digest food. “My lung function currently is about 42 per cent of what an average person of my age would be,” Best said. “I wear a specialized mask under my helmet so that any debris or exhaust coming up off the road doesn’t get into my breathing.” The severity of cystic fibrosis differs from person to person, but it eventually leads to death for the majority of people with the disease. About 4,100 people in Canada have cystic fibrosis, and they’re living to a median age of 50.9 years. There currently is no cure.
You can donate to Jim’s cause here!
You can follow Jim and his trip across country on any of the following social media platforms:
You can also purchase an NSD vinyl sticker this Sunday from Jennifer at either of the NSD games being held at Armbrae. They will be $5 each and every single dollar will be donated to Jim’s cause. The same sticker can be found on the top of Jim’s helmet!
Good luck bud, we’ll have a spot ready for you on the court when you arrive back home!