Founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families with the goal of raising money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.
The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey family looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and moving past cancer. Since its inception, the Hockey Fights Cancer program, along with NHL Clubs, supporters, and fans, have donated more than $25 million to support the fight against cancer.
November is Hockey Fights Cancer Month across the NHL. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer, represents all cancers and will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.
The Columbus Blue Jackets join the National Hockey League in support of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the club's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by OhioHealth on Friday, November 15 when the Jackets host the St. Louis Blues.
OhioHealth will be amplifying the fan experience by sharing powerful stories of those affected by the disease and integrating an arena-wide light show that will enhance these stories throughout the night. Additionally, during the game, several pediatric cancer heroes will be honored by participating in a variety of in-game experiences including an on-ice, pre-game introduction alongside the Blue Jackets.
Players will wear Hockey Fights Cancer-themed lavender and black jerseys during pregame warmups at home on November 15. The complete set of Adidas authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players with select jerseys (Dubois, Foligno, Jones) up for auction and all others available through raffle. Mobile bidding and raffle sales open November 15 at noon and conclude at 7pm EST on November 24, 2019. Fans may text CBJAUCTION to 52182 or visit cbjauction.givesmart.com to participate. Raffle tickets, priced at $10, may also be purchased in-arena during home games on November 15, 19 and 21. All winners will be notified on November 26.
A complete set of sticks wrapped with lavender tape and used by select players during pregame warmups on Hockey Fights Cancer Night are available via the Blue Jackets Foundation's mobile auction platform. Fans may text CBJAUCTION to 52182 or visit cbjauction. givesmart. com to participate. Bidding will conclude at 7pm on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
Themed T-shirts, Pucks and Hats: This year's "Game on For a Cure" lavender t-shirts and a limited quantity of Hockey Fights Cancer official warm up pucks from that evening's warmups will be on sale at the Blue Jackets Foundation kiosk located near sections 110-111 on the main concourse. The night also marks an opportunity for fans to purchase the 2019-20 edition Hats For Heroes hats with all sales directly benefiting the Foundation's pediatric cancer grant partners. Merchandise sales begin in-game at the November 2, 2019 home game and will sell while supplies last.
50/50 Raffle presented by KEMBA Financial: November 15 is the second of eight games in which the 50/50 raffle will solely benefit the CBJ Foundation. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Foundation's pediatric cancer efforts. Fans can purchase tickets in-arena or at home at bluejackets.com/5050raffle. Locations restrictions do apply and fans must be in the Blue Jackets Ohio TV market to purchase a ticket.
All fans in attendance on November 15 can pick up a "United, we fight cancer for …." battle card courtesy of OhioHealth. The card features a space where fans may write their personal connection to the fight against cancer. Fans are encouraged to pick up a battle card by visiting various locations on the Main Concourse to write a name for recognition of cancer survivors and all those who have been touched in some way by the disease. OhioHealth also invites fans to visit their concourse attractions that include a photo experience.
Tweet and Instagram your photos using #HockeyFightsCancer and #UnitedWeFightCancer
Flashes of Hope, one CBJ Foundation's grant partner, takes individual photos of each hero and their family and then combines them with a CBJ player to help capture those smiles and forever preserve the images of courage, beauty and dignity that each child has.
The fight against pediatric cancer has been one of Blue Jackets Foundation's primary areas of focus since the team's inception in 2000. Hats For Heroes and additional fundraising programs have helped raise more than $3 million to fund a variety of support programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families, including therapy through distraction, critical research projects and assistance in providing palliative care for youth.