HITMEN FIGHT CANCER
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, in partnership with Delta West Academy, is proud to launch a month-long campaign to fight cancer. This fundraising initiative will continue to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region (CBCF), as it has for the past three seasons, and for the first time funds will be raised for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (Kids Cancer Care).
“The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is thrilled to once again be a part of the Calgary Hitmen’s cancer initiative,” said Bonnie Megley, Vice President of Business Development for the CBCF. “This hockey club has done some remarkable things over the past three years by not only fundraising, but creating awareness for the Foundation and the breast cancer cause. We are very honoured to have the support of such a community-driven organization and we look forward to working with the Hitmen now and in the future.”
Over the month of October, culminating with the Sunday, October 28th Hitmen Fight Cancer game against the Kelowna Rockets (Scotiabank Saddledome, 4 p.m.), funds will be raised for breast cancer research grants and community health projects including prevention and education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and care. The campaign will also provide Kids Cancer Care with funding for its uniquely designed hospital, camp and scholarship programs that support young people and their families affected by cancer. An ambassador of this cause is 16-year-old Victoria Boehm. Currently fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Boehm has been through chemotherapy while continuing to compete for her Girls Hockey Calgary Midget A team.
“We are thrilled to be part of this fundraising initiative and so grateful to the Calgary Hitmen and Delta West Academy for supporting children with cancer,” said Christine McIver, Founder and CEO of Kids Cancer Care. “Monies raised through the auction will go a long way to improving the lives of young people like Victoria, who really deserve a chance to be kids, to play hockey, or soccer or whatever it is they love.”
During the Hitmen Fight Cancer game, players will wear pink jerseys that will be featured in an online auction until Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. MT. Fans can bid on these game-worn jerseys by visiting www.elevateauctions.com/hitmenhockeycancer. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be shared by both the CBCF and Kids Cancer Care. In addition, 50/50 proceeds and on-site donations from the game will support both causes. Winning bidders will be presented with game-worn jerseys following the Friday, November 9th home game.
A special ticket offer is available for the Hitmen Fight Cancer game through Smart Betty, a local fundraising organization, with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to both foundations. To purchase these tickets, please register at http://calgary.smartbetty.com/.
In three years, the Calgary Hitmen with the support of their partners, staff, players and fans, have raised over $58,500 through the club’s cancer awareness initiatives.