COLUMBUS, OHIO - In recognition of the National Hockey League's message that Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month is identified by the color purple, the Columbus Blue Jackets will wear purple practice jerseys during the Oct. 20th pre-game warm-ups to represent awareness for all types of cancers. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players and auctioned by the team's charitable foundation during Hockey Fights Cancer Night in partnership with OhioHealth on Friday, Oct. 22 when the Jackets host the Calgary Flames.
Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the Foundation's Hats For Heroes program and the fight against pediatric cancer. The display of signed jerseys and accompanying bidding sheets can be found at the Blue Jackets Foundation table located on the main concourse behind section 111. All jerseys will have a starting bid of $150 with bids being accepted through the end of the second intermission of Friday's game.
Also on Friday, the Foundation will honor several young heroes as they participate in activities such as the ceremonial puck drop, Zamboni rides, visits to the team radio broadcast booth and other unique opportunities. The heroes and their families will also be selling the new Hats For Heroes hats and t-shirts at several locations throughout Nationwide Arena. Thanks to donations by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and Relay Gear, 100% of the hat sales will directly benefit the Foundation's pediatric cancer research initiatives.
Other special recognitions during Hockey Fights Cancer Night will include a pre-game salute of OhioHealth cancer physicians and children from their KidShare program who will stand alongside singer Leo Welch during the national anthem. These physicians represent a "starting lineup" of the cancer care OhioHealth provides to patients, survivors and family members. During the 2nd intermission, a collection of more than 60 fans, whose personal "I fight cancer!" stories were selected by OhioHealth, will walk onto the ice wearing different colored T-shirts representing awareness colors of the types of cancers our community and OhioHealth fight. During the tribute, the group will form a purple human ribbon to signify unity in the fight against all types of cancer. Also that evening, all fans will receive an "I fight cancer!" pucklace courtesy of OhioHealth.
The fight against pediatric cancer remains the Blue Jackets Foundation's signature focus for much of its fundraising, programming, and grant-making efforts. Highlighted by the Foundation's Hats For Heroes program, $1 million has been raised since 2000. Dollars raised currently fund a variety of support programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families, critical research projects and assistance in providing palliative care to young victims. For more information on the Foundation's mission and all areas of giving, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.