The pink Brandon Wheat King jerseys that were auctioned off last week as part of the team’s Pink the Rink breast cancer research fundraiser are making their way around the world.
One jersey is headed to Italy and another is off to Norfolk, England as a surprise gift for the recipient. Brent Laminman, who lives in Melita, got together with some relatives to pool money to buy Taylor Green’s jersey for $650. Rob Stouffer is among the cancer victims recognized on the jerseys and Laminman — a first cousin of the former Wheat King athletic therapist — and his family decided they wanted to get it for Stouffer’s son Logan.
“Just the fact that the jersey had Rob’s name on it and we thought it was a good idea to donate to charity and do something nice for Logan,” Laminman said. “Being that (Logan) lives over in England, he doesn’t have much contact anymore with any of the family, so we thought it was kind of a nice thing.”
Stouffer served as the Wheat Kings’ athletic therapist from the 2000-01 season to 2006-07. He was diagnosed with liver cancer and passed away in 2008 at the age of 40. The Wheat Kings’ team award for most inspirational trophy is named after Stouffer.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 26, 2013