BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins will support the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative- to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research- through a number of ways before, during and after their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, October 10 at the TD Garden. Members of the Bruins management team, coaching staff and players will be supporting the initiative by wearing special attire and decals on their equipment, while the organization will host a "Flashes of Hope" photo shoot and invite pediatric cancer patients to participate in a variety of in-game activities.
To start the day, the families of 20 children currently being treated for pediatric cancer throughout Boston will participate in a "Flashes of Hope" photo shoot at the TD Garden from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. "Flashes of Hope" is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. The portraits, will be taken by award-winning photographers, in an effort to help the children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. After their photos are taken, the children and their families will take a tour of The Sports Museum at the TD Garden.
In addition, children currently undergoing treatment at hospitals throughout Boston will be in attendance at the game and will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening. The activities will include Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the Boston Bruins bench and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice for the game. All in-game fundraising activities as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit The Neely Foundation.
After the game Bruins players will meet with each of the kids and their families to take photos and sign autographs
During Saturday's game, members of the Bruins organization will be showing their support by wearing lavender. Lavender, which represents awareness for all cancers, is the designated color for this year’s initiative. Boston Bruins coaches, broadcasters and team personnel will wear a commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer tie at games in October. The lavender tie features blue and pink stripes and an embroidered Hockey Fights Cancer logo.
All NHL players will also wear a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on their helmets during all regular-season games in October to show their support for the initiative.
About Hockey Fights Cancer Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer has raised more than $10 million.