Monday, September 28, 2009GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
Phoenix Coyotes center Peter Mueller and defenseman Keith Yandle
have been named honorary co-chairs of City of Hope’s 13th annual Walk for Hope on Sunday, Oct. 4.
"We are very honored that City of Hope has asked us to participate in this event and support their efforts," said Yandle. "Because my family has been affected by this disease, I want to make sure I do my part to help ensure that no other family has to go through the same experience."
Mueller and Yandle are asking fans to show their support by joining Team Coyotes at Walk4Hope.org/TeamCoyotes. For a donation of $30 for adults and $20 for children, fans can join Team Coyotes and participate in the 5K walk, which begins at the Salt River Project at 7 a.m. and continues through the Phoenix Zoo. Online registration closes at noon on Tuesday, although participants can still sign up the day of the event for just $10 more than the online donation fee.
"The opportunity to be associated with something that is so important is something I just did not want to pass up," said Mueller. "This disease affects a lot of families in the world and we are honored to do anything we can to help find a cure."
"I think having young athletes out to support our cause proves that breast cancer can affect anyone," said Michele Shipitofsky, director of development for City of Hope Southwest Regions. "Peter and Keith have both been personally affected by the disease so it hits home for both of them."
Coyotes Causes, the Phoenix Coyotes outreach program, will dedicate all games in October to raise awareness for cancer causes through the Hockey Fights Cancer national campaign.
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.