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About Us

"Keeping Dustin's Dreams Alive"

Raising the Barr supports youth battling life threatening illnesses in Northwestern Ontario as well as organization's that directly supported Dustin in his battle against cancer. Over the last 3 years we have raised over 180k for our community through our annual golf tournament and "Golf Balls from Heaven" Helicopter Ball Drop.


Our Story

Dustin was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and continued to fight until 2020 when he lost his battle. Throughout it all he remained positive and continued to “Raise the Barr” in everything he did inspiring those around him to create the Raising the Barr Organization.

Raising the Barr began in 2020 with a golf tournament to raise money and support the charities and organizations that supported Dustin Barr in his heroic fight.

Since then the organization has continued to grow and support those in Northwestern Ontario to “pay that care and kindness” forward that Dustin and his family received.

Supporting various charities such as the Special Olympics, Children’s Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Foundation, and the local Tbaytel Tamarack House, Rasing the Barr has grown to be able to also support families directly with funding for those expense that aren’t covered elsewhere.

Continuing with yearly golf tournaments, Raising the Barr is looking to the future with more events and fundraising initiatives to continue to provide the support that is so needed in Northwestern Ontario.

We thank you for your time, energy, and support as we continue to “step outside our comfort zone and reach our goals, even when things don’t go as planned”, as the Barr family does, to keep Dustin’s dream alive.

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid; it means you don’t let fear stop you. Fear has two meanings, forget everything, and run or face everything and rise, that’s your choice” - Dustin Barr



Inspired by Dustin Barr’s own journey, his family and friends have come together to support, motivate, encourage, and inspire those walking their own illness journey.

Raising the Barr began as a charity golf tournament that has grown into a not-for-profit organization. Supporting youth and their families, who are fighting life threatening illnesses in and around Northwestern Ontario, Raising the Barr has committed to helping those also helping charities and organizations that are doing the same.


At Raising the Barr, we envision a world where every youth battling a life-threatening illness receives the care and support they need to thrive. Through our fundraising efforts, we're committed to providing direct financial assistance to families facing the overwhelming costs of cancer treatment. We believe that no family should have to choose between paying for medical care and meeting their basic needs, and we strive to relieve the burden of financial stress so that families can focus on healing and recovery. With compassion, dedication, and a firm commitment to excellence, we aim to inspire, encourage, and motivate youth to overcome the challenges they face and achieve their full potential. We believe that every day is an opportunity to 'raise the Barr' for ourselves and for the families we serve. Whether we're hosting a fundraiser, providing direct financial assistance, or simply offering a listening ear, we strive to go above and beyond in everything we do. We believe that by 'Raising the Barr' for ourselves, we can inspire others to do the same and create a ripple affect of positive change in the world. 


Our Sponsors

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