Many identify with Never Alone theme

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Dan Goodspeed has become another one of the many whose lives have been touched by cancer.

After the Winnipeg offensive lineman's dad fought off bladder cancer, Goodspeed lost a friend and former Kent State assistant coach, Mike Drake, to cancer just five days ago.

"It's sad because he left three kids and his wife," Goodpseed said yesterday. "My wife and I were very upset about it. It touches everyone more and more. It's scary. They need to do something about it. I don't know if the research is coming along far enough."

In that regard, the Blue Bombers have been doing their part to raise funds for cancer research and will host a Never Alone Social at Canad Inns Stadium this Friday. For $15.50, fans will get a pre-game concert featuring Men in Kilts and Free Ride, then watch a TSN feed of the Winnipeg-Hamilton CFL game on the Jumbotron. Fireworks will follow at 11 p.m.

Each purchaser will get a Never Alone bracelet, with $5 from each ticket sold going to CancerCare Manitoba. And they will all be entered to win four tickets to the Rolling Stones concert in Minneapolis on Sept. 6.

"It's great that they're doing this," Goodspeed said. "The more money they can put into the research, hopefully then can wipe it out."

BROWN HOPEFUL: Looks like Darnell McDonald will indeed replace the absent and injured Keith Stokes as both a kick returner and receiver when the Bombers play in Hamilton on Friday. However, there is still a chance that defensive tackle Doug Brown (torn tendon in foot) could play. Brown has been missing practices to take treatment this week.

"It's (torn tendon) affecting my big toe and I have trouble pushing off it," said Brown, who could not play in the second half of the Ottawa game after doctors froze his foot. "It felt like I had a club foot."

Should Brown stay home, Jon Oosterhuis will start in his stead with rookie Martin Lapostolle the backup.

GOOD REPLACEMENTS

"I don't think you ever replace a Doug Brown but you sure can have good replacements in terms of being as close to his level as possible, and I think we do," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "Any time you have a starter out, you have a hole. We are very fortunate that we have Jon Oosterhuis. He's playing his best football ever this year."

NO GUARANTEE: Although the Tiger-Cats are still winless at 0-8, don't expect the 3-6 Bombers to go into Hamilton overconfident.

"This particular group has not been characterized by taking anything for granted, and I don't think we will Friday night," Daley said.

"We will get kicked if we go into Hamilton unprepared to play mentally. We will get kicked on their home field."


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