Justin Donati is on the cusp of setting a St. Michael's Majors record for most points in one season, but there's much more to his eye-opening play than goals and assists.
For each point Donati and his twin brother Tyler amass for the Majors, the club will donate $10 to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (ovarian cancer). Known as the Donati Points for Cancer Fund, the program is in recognition of the Donatis' mother, Corinne, who is battling ovarian cancer.
"As long as I'm helping the team, I'm helping my mom too, and that's awesome," Justin Donati said. "I can't believe what has happened this season. Every time we score a point it's another $10. My goal for this season was 80 points."
Donati, who has come a long way from being the 286th pick overall by the Oshawa Generals in 2002, achieved that a while ago. With 12 games left in the regular season, the 19-year-old has 96 points, one shy of the mark set by Darryl Bootland in 2001-02.
Donati already has set Majors single-season records for goals (43), game-winning goals (11) and power-play goals (23). With 53 assists, he needs three more to tie Bootland's record set four years ago.
Tyler Donati has 59 points, so the brothers have raised $1,550 for the fund. Majors owner Eugene Melnyk will match the amount the brothers reach at the end of the season.
The idea for the fund was hatched by Majors media director Parker Neale and quickly was embraced by the Donatis. The points total is retroactive to the beginning of the season.
Corinne Donati originally was diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago when her twin sons were with the Generals. She has been receiving chemotherapy treatments once a month.
"She is doing fine, and actually has taken it really well," Justin Donati said. "What the team has done is great."
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