The Ducks will host Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Honda Center (vs. Nashville, 7:30 p.m. PDT). Joining a month-long, league-wide initiative, the Ducks have partnered with the Jessie Rees Foundation for this year's Hockey Fights Cancer Night to raise awareness and help in the fight against cancer. The interactive evening will encourage fan participation in a variety of ways, including the creation of "I Fight For" cards recognizing loved ones affected by cancer. Also, the Anaheim Ducks are calling all fans in attendance to help support the Jessie Rees Foundation by participating in a JoyDrive and by bringing "crazy socks for courageous kids" that will be placed in JoyJars and given to kids at children's hospitals all over the world to enjoy. Drop off locations will be at South and Northeast entrances.
With lavender serving as the official HFC color (representing awareness for all types of cancers), Ducks players will have lavender HFC decals affixed to their helmets throughout the month. For Wednesday's contest, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Jessie Rees Foundation Never Ever Give Up wristband. In addition, Ducks coaches, broadcasters and executives will sport lavender HFC ties in recognition of the evening. Ducks fans will have the opportunity to fill out "I Fight For" cards to honor those that have battled the fight against cancer during our Moment of Recognition. The cards will be available at the South and Northeast Entrances and on the Main Concourse of Honda Center. Fans will be invited to display their "I Fight For" cards during a moment of recognition taking place during the first period of Wednesday's contest.
Fans can also contribute to HFC Night by participating in the in-game auction featuring Ducks memorabilia, as well as an online auction of Ducks pregame-used player autographed jerseys worn during the team's warm-up. To place a bid on the online auction, please visit www.anaheimducks.com/auction. All proceeds will benefit the Jessie Rees Foundation.
In addition, Ducks fans have nominated themselves or other fans that battled cancer to tell their story and be recognized in-game on Wednesday. These nominees will be taking part in the evening's Honorary Puck Drop, Honorary Duck, Honorary Stick Boy, Zamboni intermission ride, the evening's Military Salute to Those Who Serve presented by Pacific Premier Bank and during the Moment of Recognition. This is an opportunity to honor the fans that the Anaheim Ducks fight for.
The Ducks and THE RINKS will be hosting a Hockey Fights Cancer Skate Night on Saturday, Oct. 29, at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE to help raise awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Movember. From 7-9 p.m., Ducks fans can enjoy the evening's open skate for $15/adult and $13/youth (including a skate rental) in support of two great causes. All proceeds from the evening's Skate Night will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Movember.
The Anaheim Junior Ducks have rallied around this initiative as their program has been personally affected by pancreatic cancer, and the evening will serve as an opportunity for their community to join the fight against cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear their youth hockey team's jersey, Ducks jersey or Ducks colors to help represent how Anaheim Ducks fans are joining the fight.
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.
About Jessie Reese Foundation
The Jessie Rees Foundation was, and always will be, inspired by one courageous and compassionate 12-year-old little girl. Her name, Jessica Joy Rees, better known as "Jessie". Jessie was a faith-filled, beautiful, athletic, caring and loving 12-year-old girl who courageously fought two brain tumors (DIPG) from March 3, 2011 to January 5, 2012. Jessie's compassion for others led her to ask her parents a short and simple question, "How can we help them?" Jessie was referring to the other children who were in long term, in-patient treatment at Children's Hospital of Orange County, the same hospital that Jessie was receiving treatment from. After receiving the "go ahead" from her parents to find a way to help, Jessie created JoyJars®. She just loved creating these fun-filled gifts of joy to share with her peers who were fighting cancer and she continued to encourage them to NEGU®. NEGU, Never Ever Give Up, was Jessie's personal motto and message.
During Jessie's ten-month courageous fight, she personally stuffed and sent out 3,000 JoyJars to children fighting cancer in homes and hospitals. She was even given the opportunity to personally deliver her JoyJars to kids at City of Hope Hospital. That experience gave Jessie a great deal of pride and enjoyment as she experienced first-hand, the impact her JoyJars had on the lives of other kids. The mission of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to ensure every kid fighting cancer has the support to Never Ever Give Up! They fulfill their mission by CONNECTING with families, bringing AWARENESS to their stories, offering them helpful RESOURCES and sending the entire family continual doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.