When he heard his son Scott was going to join a fraternity at UBC, Doug Trapp wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
In his second year on campus, Scott, a 2012 Brookswood Secondary grad, pledged with the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)-Phi Alpha (UBC) chapter of the fraternity.
“What are you getting yourself into?” Doug wondered.
Dad had never belonged to a fraternity, and the only media portrayal of a frat house he was familiar with was the gross-out comedy Animal House.
Doug didn’t really have an opinion one way or another, but after his son was diagnosed with cancer and his frat brothers rallied around him, he has nothing but good things to say.
“They were there for him,” Doug recalled.
By the time Scott was initiated into Delta Kappa Epsilon, he was completely bald from chemotherapy and radiation treatments
He insisted on wearing a suit and tie to his initiation, but his frat brothers allowed him to lose the suit and wear his trademark flannels for a group photo.
“He’s bald, wearing plaid and he has the biggest grin on his face,” Doug laughed.
Scott was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, in November 2013.
He battled the disease for a year and appeared to have won his battle by October of 2014, when he was given the all-clear by doctors.
But in early December, doctors discovered the cancer had returned.
Scott passed away less than three weeks later with his family and friends by his side on Dec. 26, at the age of 20.
He is remembered every March, when his fraternity holds the annual Scott Trapp Stick-it To Cancer Memorial Tournament.
It actually began in 2011, when a fraternity alumni’s mother passed away from cancer, but in 2015, the event was renamed in memory of Trapp.
“These young men, they blow your mind every year,” Doug told the Langley Advance Times.
“I don’t regret a minute he spent with them.”
Scott is remembered as a sports enthusiast who was involved in soccer, karate, rugby and lacrosse.
He played for the teen lacrosse team that won gold at the BC Summer Games Team in 2010, where he was chosen to deliver the athletes oath during the opening ceremonies .
He was also known for donating his time to serving meals to the needy in Vancouver’s Downtown East-Side and in Surrey.
On Saturday, March 21st, hundreds will take part in the annual co-ed ball hockey tournament, in his memory.
Since it was launched, Stick-It to Cancer has raised over $240,000 for cancer research, beginning with $5,000 in 2012 and rising to nearly $42,000 in in 2019.
His family will be watching from the sidelines.
This year, organizers hope to host more than 20 teams.
Registration costs are $120 per male team and $100 per female team.
There will be a barbecue and refreshments for sale, with profits going towards the event.
Those interested in registering for the event or donating can do so atwww.stickittocancer.ca.