DENVER, CO - The Colorado Avalanche and UCHealth will host their annual Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) game on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. MT against the San Jose Sharks at Ball Arena. The HFC initiative is a collaboration between the NHL and NHLPA to honor cancer survivors, supporters and everyone who continues to battle the disease. The campaign is supported by all 32 NHL teams, each of which designates one home game in the month of November as its HFC night. It has raised more than $30 million for cancer research since its inception in 1998.
UCHealth and the Avalanche are offering cancer survivors and fans unique opportunities to take part in this year's game, including recognizing UCHealth health care workers who are instrumental in providing care for those going through cancer. This year fans were asked to submit the name of their cancer warrior for inclusion on the UCHealth dasher board and posters lining the players entrance for Saturday's game.
During Saturday's game, UCHealth will host a photo booth on the concourse near Section 144, offering fans the opportunity to obtain "I Fight For" placards and personalize them with the name of someone they support in the battle with cancer. Fans can also stop by the "I Fight For" lights near section 106 for an opportunity to share photos on social media; some will be shown on the Ball Arena Board by using #GoAvsGo. In addition, all fans will receive an "I Fight For" scroll banner, which they can also personalize.
Ball Arena in-game elements and outside lighting will utilize lavender, which represents awareness of all cancers. The arena décor will include signage throughout the building, and much of Denver's skyline will be lit in lavender as well, including Denver's Union Station, the City and County Building, Coors Field, Empower Field, the Denver Clocktower, and more. UCHealth and the Colorado Avalanche will also be installing a bell at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs. A bell is traditionally used by oncology patients to commemorate the completion of their treatment. It is the second Hockey Fights Cancer bell to be installed at a UCHealth hospital, the first of which was dedicated during the 2019-2020 season at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital.
For the Avalanche's designated HFC game on Saturday, players will wear commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys that will be available in an online auction opening Monday, Nov. 29 and closing on Thurs, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. MT. Fans can access the auction by visiting ksc.givesmart.com or by texting KSC to 76278. A portion of proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Cancer Society patient services program in Colorado.
Donations to support UCHealth's oncology programs can be made to:
Use the Cancer Center Fund on the drop down when donating
Checks Payable to UCH Foundation
Mailing Address: UCH Foundation
2400 S. Peoria Street, Ste. 100, Aurora, CO 80014
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $30 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.
About Kroenke Sports Charities
Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving lives through the spirit and power of sports. We strive to serve our community through education, health and fitness initiatives, athletic programs, and direct aid, with the particular purpose of helping families, children, veterans, and the disabled. Kroenke Sports Charities provides relevant programs and support, directly and with other nonprofit organizations, to ultimately assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need.
UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 26,000 employees, 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.