Oilers’ McDavid pledges $100K towards Ben Stelter Fund

Supporters gather to show their respect for young Edmonton Oilers fan Ben Stelter, who died of cancer, as his funeral procession passes Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. (Amber Bracken/CP)

Connor McDavid has announced a pledge of $100,000 towards a newly launched fund which honours the life of Ben Stelter, a six-year-old Edmonton Oilers superfan who passed away after a battle with brain cancer.

The Ben Stelter Fund was created to continue Ben’s legacy and help children with Glioblastoma and other cancers.

“He was an amazing little guy who lit up every single room he was in,” McDavid said, following Ben’s passing in August. “He certainly lit up our room any time he walked in there.”

McDavid teamed with Edmonton social entrepreneur and investor, Ashif Mawji and his family for the pledge.

“The Ben Stelter Fund will focus on four key pillars. The first one is magical experiences for kids battling cancer. The next one is at home medical equipment for these families. The third one is outcome-based research to help find a cure for Glioblastoma and other types of cancers that kids face. The final one is venture-based philanthropy, which is where we invest in projects, ventures and other initiatives that infuse entrepreneurship to help find a cure for cancer,” said Mawji in a video posted to McDavid’s Twitter account.

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