1926 Skate History

Steve McNeil skates for 19 hours and 26 minutes to raise awareness and funds for all charities in Canada

This is how it started

He started his marathon skates in 2012 in Toronto as a tribute to his mother Eunice McNeil who died of Alzheimer's disease, and to all the caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s. 

His mother was born on December 15 1926 thus the name of his skate -1926Skate. McNeil, who is a recreational hockey referee in Toronto, says his 19-hour and 26-minute effort is just one day in his life, but caregivers spend that much time each day looking after their loved ones. 

In the winter of 2018/2019 he skated in the seven Canadian NHL cities. It was -29C in Montreal, -40C in Edmonton and it snowed all night in Calgary. He listens to the music of rock band ACDC when he skates. One of the members of the band, Malcolm Young, died of the disease and when members of the band heard about McNeil’s efforts they donated $19,260 to Alzheimer's music program in Canada.

2020 highlights included:

McNeil encourages everyone to come to skate with him for a brief time. The money raised in each city is donated to the local Alzheimer.

Summer of 2022 Steve's wife Tina passed away after a short 39 day battle with Brain Cancer.

2024 Steve explains that he finds it difficult to skate for just one charity so he has decided to skate for all charities. Simply when Steve skates you can donate $19.26 to the charity of your choice in your own community.