Community: Hockey Fights Cancer Recap
Hockey Fights Cancer
Sunday marked our annual Hockey Fights Cancer awareness game and what a game it was.
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This year we hosted an additional three groups, increasing from 6 cancer organizations last year to 9 groups this year. Throughout the day there were great opportunities to highlight the organizations and their missions.
However, the one thing I heard from many groups is how important it is for others battling Cancer to have a support group. Several groups told me that numerous people came to their concourse locations to talk about their personal fights against Cancer and how great it was to network with other people in the same battle.
I also wanted to give a little more information on some of the people you might have seen yesterday.
Sandy Oehler, the “siren sounder”, for yesterday’s game is a lung cancer survivor. She and her husband and son were able to get the game started on the right foot with a great siren…though they asked her to go a little long.
Mason Park sang the Star Spangled Banner yesterday. Mason is a 12-year-old Triangle Resident who has become a big fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the past two years he has raised over $20,000…obviously a tremendous total for one person (especially one without a ‘Canes related 5K). As expected, Mason did a great job with the anthem, just as he did for the LLS Light the Night Walk in
David and Carolyn from I’m Too Young For This rode the Olympias during the second intermission. They were both sporting one of my favorite T-shirts that simply reads “Stupid Cancer” with their web address below. I’m Too Young for This is only about 18 months old nationwide and is only a few months old in the Triangle. Carolyn and David have done a great job getting it off the ground and gaining recognition for their organization which is essentially a support group for young adults with Cancer.
When meeting a few weeks ago with David and Carolyn, they both told stories about their doctor visits that I had not thought about. When David went for his first treatments, he had to go to the Duke Children’s Hospital. He was nearly 20 years older than all of the other patients. However, at other oncology centers, he is 20-30 years younger than other patients. “I’m Too Young for This” allows young adults with Cancer the chance to share stories with other young adults battling the tough disease. They mentioned how inspiring it is to talk with other people similar in age with similar obstacles and challenges.
Skate With the Canes
Just an update, we have sold about 250 of the 300 tickets allotted today for Season Ticket Holders. Whatever is not sold today will be included in tomorrow’s general on-sale which begins at at all Ticketmaster locations. A BIG thanks to everyone who bought tickets today…our Kids ‘N Community Foundation is very grateful for your support.
Other Events this Week
Be sure to check out the Cool Bars this week in
Also, we are currently working out the details, but we hope to have a presence at “Kid’s Day” at the Food Bank of Central and