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Thomas unveils mask for cancer awareness

Saturday, 11.05.2011 / 3:29 PM

By Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

Tim Thomas has joined the legions of moustaches in November.
 
Actually Thomas has long had a somewhat famous soup strainer of his own. But now his goaltending mask does too, as the Boston Bruins' star unveiled a new moustache-themed lid prior to Saturday's game in Toronto, and plans to raffle it off for charity later.
 
The campaign, which launched Saturday through a partnership with InGoal Magazine and The Tim Thomas Foundation, is designed to raise money and to benefit cancer awareness. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the month, and one lucky winner will be chosen Dec. 16 to take three friends to a Bruins game, meet Thomas and go home with his game-worn Moustache Mask.
 
As Thomas points out, the mission of his foundation is to "support the underdog" whether the underdog position was developed due to lack of opportunity, lack of education, illness or a disaster.

"I would like to help remove some of the barriers to open opportunities for full, rewarding successful lives,” Thomas said. “The barrier may be a lack of a hot meal, lack of specialized training, a disease or a tragic event. My goals include the support of disease research and awareness, disaster relief efforts for people in our communities, food banks similar to the ones I worked at when I was a kid, or educational programs that provide future opportunities. Our November fundraiser is to benefit Prostate Cancer and we hope to help eliminate barriers associated with the cancer disease. This cause is close to my heart and we are offering a raffle for an incredible prize."
 
This mask features an image of Lord Horatio Kitchener made famous on a recruiting poster in England during World War I, as well as a new, moustachioed take on the "Beware the Bear" logo that Thomas usually features on the backplate of his everyday mask, altered now to "Beware of the Stache."

For more information, please visit http://ingoalmag.com/masks/moustache-mask/

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