A fundraiser has been set up for Rob Wright, a local artist and longtime sports volunteer in Nelson. Photo submitted

A fundraiser has been set up for Rob Wright, a local artist and longtime sports volunteer in Nelson. Photo submitted

Former Nelson Leafs coach, sports volunteer Rob Wright diagnosed with kidney cancer

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Wright


Rob Wright is well known in the West Kootenay and Nelson sports community as a hockey coach, tennis club volunteer, avid horseman, accomplished metal-worker and man who is ridiculously generous with his time.

His enthusiasm, humour and positive nature have inspired many people over the decades and he is always one of the first people to help others. And now we’re asking you to help him and his family.

Wright has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and will be unable to work while he receives lengthy treatment outside of Nelson. He and his family will face many extra medical and travel costs as Wright fights for his life. Wright would never ask for your help to offset these extra costs and so we are asking for him.

Who are we? We are the athletes he has coached, the friends he has helped, the tennis players who now enjoy the courts he helped secure for the community. We are the people who love his metalwork and have enjoyed his friendship and silly pranks. We are the people who know him and want him to get better. We are asking for your help because we know what Rob Wright has shown in Nelson: kindness, generosity, encouragement, positivity and support for others.

Please consider donating to help pay for Wright’s extra costs due to cancer treatment. Every bit helps and we encourage you to share this message with anyone you know who has benefited from Wright’s volunteer and community work during his more than 60 years as a Nelson resident.

To donate, visit https://ca.gofundme.com/f/rob-wright-needs-us.


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