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Backlund scores for kids

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames and Mikael Backlund are proud to announce a special partnership between the Flames forward and two different charitable organizations. Backlund will be a spokesperson for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and the Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

As part of this partnership Backlund will donate $100.00 per goal during the regular season to the Sunshine Foundation of Canada and $100.00 per assist during the regular season to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Backlund has also donated tickets to both organizations for program youth to attend a Flames game and meet him after.

“I really wanted to get involved with something this year that would allow me to make kids smile,” said Backlund. “Both these programs do such amazing things and I am honoured to just be a part of even a small part of it.”

The Flames 2007 first round draft pick will also be attending both organization’s events and programs to interact with youth members throughout the season.

The Sunshine Foundation is the only Canadian charity to provide individual dreams to children with severe physical disabilities (such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy) as well as life-threatening illnesses.

The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (KCCFA) is a charitable organization that helps build bridges of hope and pillars of support for families fighting childhood cancer.

All Flames players continue to be actively involved in Flames Foundation for Life and community programs such as Pond Hockey by Enmax Energy, Flames Ambassador Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, Danone SuperSkills, Alberta Children Hospital wheelchair hockey and holiday visits along with various charitable and community appearances. Many have also adopted programs of support on their own.

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