Hockey teams rally together to make an impact for Canadians with cancer
For some Canadians, hockey is more than just a sport – it’s a way of life. Whenever the players hit the ice, coaches and their fans rally together as a team in support of one goal.
Through Hockey Fights Cancer™, that goal is more than winning – it turns into something much more meaningful. Hockey communities from across Canada unite in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Because they understand that just like in hockey, Canadians living with cancer need support from a team.
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Since 2017, the Canadian Cancer Society has partnered with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to ensure that no Canadian has to face cancer alone through the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative. With an assist from players, coaches, officials, front office staff, corporate partners, fans and supporters, we help people with cancer and their families.
We’ve seen hundreds of dedicated hockey communities show their support and join us in changing the future of cancer. Meet two of these passionate hockey communities and see how they came together to be a force-for-life in the face of cancer.
“This year, Tyler, a 14-year-old brain cancer survivor, was introduced to drop the puck,” says Matt Leger, Cure Classic Cancer Co-chair. “And alongside him was Paul Langlois, the guitarist of The Tragically Hip, who came out to join him. The arena ignited and roared with support from over 4,200 supporters!”
This year’s game raised over $64,000 and with a dollar-for-dollar match from their sponsors, Canadian Tire, that amount doubled to over $128,000!
“In the end, this game was more than just a game. It was the catalyst to bring two rival faculties and their passionate colleagues together for one great cause,” says Sean Fraser, Cure Cancer Classic Co-chair.
Funds raised through Hockey Fights Cancer™ go towards supporting our lodges that provide a home away from home for those facing out-of-town cancer treatments, a compassionate support system like our online community at CancerConnection.ca and transportation services to help ease the burden for patients getting to treatments.
With Hockey Fights Cancer™, we can be there for Canadians affected by cancer when they need us most. Together with the hockey community, we can help improve the quality of life of those living with, going through and moving past cancer.