In May of 2018, former North Delta Blue Jay and White Rock Triton pitcher Jonathan Côté died of cancer just three weeks after his 22nd birthday.

In April of 2019, the North Delta Blue Jays retired Jonathan’s jersey and number – 56.​

Candice Côté, Jonathan’s mother, began Angel 56 to establish a foundation to provide opportunities for travel or other experiences to young survivors of cancer or life-threatening illnesses. 

 “I wanted to do something to honour his legacy,” she told the North Delta Reporter, “I don’t want it to be just a trip, it could be something that could change someone’s life. Maybe they’re planning to start a business or go to school — whatever life-changing thing they want it to be.”

 When Jonathan and a friend of his in Colorado both received diagnoses of cancer, they were unable to reach out to popular foundations that provide trips for children because both were over the age of eighteen when diagnosed. Candice wants to fill that gap, and offer young adults like Jonathan the hope and excitement of an adventure after their struggle.

“Jonathan was always such a giving person. He just wanted to help people,” Candice says, “I believe young adults deserve opportunities, and so did Jonathan.”

In addition to the goals of the Angel 56 Foundation, Candice hopes to one day provide bursaries for the BCPBL baseball academy.