Even without the ice, huge crowds attend Perchin for MS

In only its 6th year running, Perchin for MS sold out again this year with 500 participants.  How great was this...organizers couldn’t have been happier.  That was until the dreaded night when they finally had to make the decision to pull the plug on this years fishing. With 500 contestants, there was no way they could hold the tournament on the ice they had.  Then the questions started?  What now? Who would come to a fishing tournament with no fishing?  It wasn't looking good...well at least to most. 

To Doug Poirier who fights MS everyday and his team who help him in this fight...they didn't bat an eye.  "We decided to follow suit of other tournaments and announced we were doing a draw of cash and prizes" Said Poirier.  “We kept planning just like we were having the event.  We still had to plan and organize parking, a bbq, raffles, and the prize draw. 

On March 5, 2016, the 6th Annual Perchin for MS took place, and what a success it was. 436 anglers checked in, even though they weren’t going fishing.  The weather was beautiful and everyone was in a great mood.  People had even decided to come make a couple days of it like usual…and kept their hotel reservations/bed and breakfasts, etc…Teams travelled from Michigan, New York, Windsor, Ottawa, North Bay, and everywhere in between just to take part again.  The people have really taken on an ownership of the event and turned it into a yearly tradition. 

Doug Poirier the founder of the event says the success has to do with the amazing support of sponsors.  “We have the best sponsors going and the support just keeps growing”.   This event has become “everyone’s event” says Poirier.  The people have really taken on an ownership of the event and turned it into a yearly tradition. 

This year, over $20 000 in cash and prizes was awarded even without any fishing taking place. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky gave away their $3000 cash pot, and Sponsors Rapala and Humminbird still held some of their fun contests to give away thousands in fishing gear and fish finders. 

The main focus is on MS - Multiple Sclerosis.  Doug Poirier was diagnosed in late 2009 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.  Doug's MS unfortunately has continued to get worse and he now is using a wheelchair and walker most of the time.  It hasn’t stopped him though.  Doug continues to keep the fight going and to try and show others that life doesn’t stop just because you have a disability.  That is what this tournament is all about says Poirier. 

“I never want to see someone give up and say they can’t do something.  I know we all have bad days…but those days become more frequent when we stop doing what we love and let it get the best of us” says Doug.

To date Perchin for MS has raised over $80 000.00 towards helping people with MS and finding a cure!

Last modified on Friday, 11 March 2016 11:08
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