The Crohn’s and Colitis Hockey Tournament (CCHT) was created by myself, Jonathan Marcello. It is a non-contact charity hockey tournament to help raise money and awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a chronic debilitating disease that affects over 200,000 Canadians with 9,000 new cases every year. We welcome both boys and girls team at most levels of hockey skills. We divide our divisions based on the teams skill level (House league, select..etc.). We guarantee three games for each team and a forth for teams that make the finals. This tournament allows teams to put together players that would not normally play together during their regular hockey season. For example friends and family members that generally play on other teams or leagues.
My name is Jonathan and I am now an 18 year old boy who was rushed to Sick Kids Hospital in critical condition on April of 2010 at 12 years old. I had severe cramping, loss of blood, weight loss and almost lost my life. After numerous tests I was told that I have Crohn’s disease, a disease I knew nothing about. After being released from the hospital after an 11 day stay, I knew I had to make a difference so that one day others will not have to suffer from this chronic disease. I suggested to my parents that since hockey is my passion we should organize a Charity Hockey Tournament. I was more determined than ever to return to the ice and not surrender my passion for the sport to this disease. They encouraged me to go for it and we have been organizing it ever since. My goal is to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis. Money raised will benefit both Crohn’s Colitis Canada and Robbie’s Rainbow. My hockey season has begun and I tell my parents that when I am standing between the goal posts I am not only fighting to keep my team in the game, but also want to inspire others with IBD not to give up their hopes and dreams.