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Avalanche Joins In The Fight Against Cancer

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
In conjunction with the National Hockey League, the Colorado Avalanche will host its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night this Friday, Oct. 23, against the Carolina Hurricanes at Pepsi Center (7:00 p.m.).

During the month of October, each NHL club will designate one home game as its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. Collaborating with local and national cancer organizations, teams will promote cancer awareness and raise funds for hockey’s most important fight.  Last year’s combined efforts from all 30 teams raised more than $600,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer.

Listed here are some of the events and initiatives surrounding Avalanche Hockey Fights Cancer:

•    The Avalanche will host a special Break the Ice clinic for cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital and HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on Thursday (Oct. 22) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Pepsi Center.  Avalanche players Cody McLeod and Wojtek Wolski will be on hand to help provide a special afternoon.

•    Avalanche coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear lavender ties during Friday’s game. The color lavender represents awareness for all cancers. Ties and other merchandise are available for purchase at Altitude Authentics throughout the month, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Hockey Fights Cancer.

•    The Avalanche and KBCO Radio teamed up for an auction to benefit The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The winners of the auction, which closed Wednesday, will be given a private concert from Eric Hutchinson at Pepsi Center prior to Friday’s game.

•    In an effort to promote early detection in the fight against cancer, HealthONE will be on the Pepsi Center concourse at section 144 on Friday night to provide FREE oral cancer screenings, answer health questions, and give tips on how all of us can help in the fight against cancer.

•    Supporters from four cancer organizations will be in attendance at Friday’s game including Komen Denver, American Cancer Society, Avon Walk Rocky Mountain, and Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.

•    Patients from HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children pediatric cancer unit have been provided with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a Colorado Avalanche Stick Kid for games throughout the month of October. The Stick Kid experience provided Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children patients with VIP treatment including tickets, a VIP tour of Pepsi Center and a meet and greet with a Colorado Avalanche player. These kids also had the unique opportunity to ride on the Colorado Avalanche zamboni during an intermission.

•    Earlier this month, for the seventh year, Pepsi Center hosted the Komen Denver Race for the Cure.  More than 53,800 people raised $1.8 million for breast cancer research, programs and services.
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