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 in partnership with OhioHealth on Friday, October 17 when the Jackets host the Calgary Flames. 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. In addition, this night will also celebrate the work of cancer care providers.
In keeping with the NHL’s message that the color purple represents awareness for all types of cancer, the Blue Jackets Foundation will host a pair of fundraisers to benefit its Hats For Heroes program and the fight against pediatric cancer.
- Purple Jersey Auction: Players will wear purple jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Friday, October 17. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players and available for bidding in the silent auction located on the arena’s Bud Light Terrace during the games on Tuesday, October 14 and Friday, October 17. All jerseys will have a starting bid of $150 with bids being accepted through the end of the second intermission of the October 17 game.
- “Drop the gloves against cancer” T-shirt: The purple T-shirts will be on sale at the Foundation kiosk. Supplies are limited.
The night also marks the first opportunity for fans to purchase the 2014-15 edition Hats For Heroes hats. Thanks to donations by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and Halo Branded Solutions, 100% of the hat sales will directly benefit Hats For Heroes.
All fans entering Nationwide Arena will receive a purple OhioHealth cheer card that features a space to write their personal connection to the cause. Fans are encouraged to use their cards during an in-game feature recognizing 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 as well as an installation where fans may place a ribbon in honor or memory of a loved one.
In addition to OhioHealth, several Blue Jackets partners are also supporting pediatric cancer families and related charities. Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane is donating 300 tickets to families from A Kid Again through their involvement with Cancer Support Community Central Ohio. Boich Companies is donating tickets to families served by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Coldwell Banker King Thompson will be entertaining families from Flying Horse Farms. Additionally, the Coldwell Banker King Thompson Foundation will be donating the proceeds of that night’s 50/50 raffle to Flying Horse Farms.
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 Hats For Heroes program, more than $2 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.