BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Beth Israel Lahey Health on Tuesday, October 29 vs. the San Jose Sharks at 7:00 p.m. Bruins season ticket holders have kindly donated tickets for current pediatric patients, cancer survivors and supporters of those affected by cancer to come to the game.
Performing the national anthem will be John Lema, a 52-year-old brain cancer survivor from Peabody, MA. A clementine-sized tumor was found in his brain in November 2012. Lema had surgery, followed by a year of chemotherapy to combat the cancer. He is now cancer free, having MRIs periodically to ensure it has not returned. A singer from an early age, Lema sings in his church choir and had voice training while studying at Boston College.
The ceremonial puck drop will be performed by three-year old Quinn Waters, known in the New England community as "The Mighty Quinn". Waters was diagnosed the day after he turned three, after exhibiting unusual behavior. An MRI found a lime-sized mass on his brain stem, which was determined to be a Medulloblastoma Grade Four brain tumor. In February, he underwent a nearly 10-hour surgery to remove approximately 95 percent of the tumor. Quinn had multiple rounds of chemotherapy and countless blood and platelet transfusions. Since he has been home, Quinn has been visited at his Weymouth home by a number of celebrities, including Bruins forward Charlie Coyle .
Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, will be incorporated into the game in several ways. The team will wear lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys while taking warmups. Bruins coaches, management, as well as NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasters will all be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Bruins players will be using lavender stick tape during warmups at Tuesday's game and will have Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals. Boston Bruins employees will also be wearing lavender ribbons.
The Boston Bruins Foundation will be raffling and auctioning off the player-signed lavender warmup jerseys and player signed sticks both in-game and online following the game. Fans can visit BruinsAuctions.org to bid on certain player-worn jerseys and sticks. Mystery Pucks are being sold at Loge Three and Balcony 312 for $20, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.
The Boston Bruins Foundation's next 50/50 raffle will feature a $100,000 Guaranteed Jackpot for Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Beth Israel Lahey Health. Tickets will be sold in arena during the game. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.BostonBruins.com/5050. Proceeds will benefit The Cam Neely Foundation and The American Cancer Society.
Boston Bruins fans attending the game will have the opportunity to personalize "I Fight For" cards prior to the start of the game and leading up to the first intermission. The cards will be available HERE, at turnstiles, the Community Relations table at Loge Three on the concourse and Balcony 312. Fans will be invited to display their "I Fight For" cards during a moment of recognition in the second period.
The Boston Bruins Foundation and the 2019 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan Mass Challenge Team will present the Pan Mass Challenge with a check for $480,000, raised by the Bruins team. This year marked the 14th year that 40 riders participated in the PMC on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation.
Fans can show their support for those fighting cancer by wearing the official Bruins Hockey Fights Cancer lavender gear, including Bruins Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys, as well as knits, hats, and t-shirts, available for purchase at the all-new ProShop powered by '47 located at street level at the Hub on Causeway or online at BostonProShop.com.
The 8-Spoked Salute recipient will be Terry Miltner. Miltner's father was a World War II veteran and his brother also served in the Army. The New York-native was deployed as a sentry and tracker dog handler with the 18th Mlitary Police Brigade in Vietenam from 1970-73. He was awarded a Bronze Star, a Vietnam Service Ribbon and a Vietnam Campaign Ribbon for his service. As a result of Agent Orange, he developed heart issues. After several heart attacks and surgeries, he received a heart transplant in 2013. After his heart transplant, he unfortunately developed cancer in his Parotid Gland and is still fighting this cancer to this day after unsuccessful surgeries and bouts with chemotherapy. However, he is very grateful he got the chance to see three of his four children get married, witness his daughter graduate from law school, and see the birth of several grandchildren.
Charlie Capalbo, a survivor of two forms of cancer, will be honored by riding the ice resurfacer during the first intermission. In 2017, while a senior in high school, Capalbo was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. After 10 months of intensive treatment and multiple life-threatening complications he was diagnosed with a second, different cancer - leukemia. He moved to Boston and spent six months receiving chemotherapy and radiation, followed by a bone marrow transplant with his younger brother Will as his donor. During his time in Boston he became a loyal Bruins fan. Now 21 years old, Capalbo is doing well and going to college in January. Charlie will be joined on the ice resurfacer by his father Anthony.
Dennis from Somerville, who is fighting Stage Four cancer, will be honored by riding the ice resurfacer during the second intermission. Dennis just completed two months of chemo that shrunk all of his tumors and is schedule for a second cat scan this week. He is getting treated at Mount Auburn Hospital, part of Beth Isreal Lahey Health. On the second ice resurfacer during the second intermission is Mark Schellings. The Holliston-native was diagnosed with cancer in June 2018 and received life-saving care at Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center in Needham. This past weekend, he celebrated being cancer-free at the hospital's Disco Ball Gala and shared his story to the entire 600-person crowd.