In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Philadelphia Flyers and right wing Mike Knuble will team up with Breastcancer.org at the Flyers-Atlanta Thrashers game
on (Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at Wachovia Center) to show support for the cause and raise awareness. That same evening the team will honor Eleanor Davis of Berwyn, PA as a "Flyers Community Teammate." The "Flyers Community Teammate" program was developed to recognize an individual or group for their positive contributions to the local community.
Knuble has a personal connection with breast cancer. His mother, Mara, a retired school teacher, is a breast cancer survivor. The Flyers and Knuble, in partnership with breastcancer.org, will show a pre-taped 30 second public service announcement to fans in attendance.
"My Mom is a breast cancer survivor and it means a lot to me to be able to encourage others to become educated about this horrible disease," said Knuble. "Thankfully my Mom is doing very well and I only hope one day soon a cure will be found."
Fans will be encouraged to wear pink to the game to show support for the cause. Those that wear a pink item to the game may enter to win a pink Flyers "Official Reebok Women's Fashion Jersey" signed by Knuble. Fans may also have their nails painted pink that evening (courtesy of Sheartique in Ridley Park, PA) in the Flyers "beauty salon" in the Hall of Fame Room for only $5. Funds raised through the sale of exclusive items at the Flyers Charities table, such as pink ribbon pins, pink Flyers hats and pink Flyers drawstring bags, along with all proceeds from Flyers "beauty salon" services, will go to the Flyers Charities to support women's health initiatives.
Also, in the Hall of Fame room that evening, fans can receive information and free samples from Lindi Skin, a line of skin-care products for patients going through chemotherapy and radiation, created by Lindy Snider, daughter of Flyers Chairman Ed Snider.
Davis, past Chair of the Board of Directors for breastcancer.org, survived a bout with breast cancer at the age of 40. Since surviving breast cancer, Davis has made it her mission to create awareness of the disease to women and their families in the community. In 1995, Davis participated with 17 other breast cancer survivors in "Expedition Inspiration" by climbing Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina to raise awareness about the disease. Davis and her husband, Harold M. Davis, created the Christopher M. Davis Memorial Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research at the Wistar Institute. In addition to being an invaluable part of breastcancer.org, Davis is a sustaining member of the Women's Board of the American Cancer Society. During the game, Flyers anthemist and cancer survivor Lauren Hart and Megan Knuble, wife of Mike Knuble, will present a pink Flyers "Official Reebok Women's Fashion Jersey" to Davis.
Representatives from breastcancer.org will be on site to answer questions. Special wristbands from breastcancer.org will also be available for sale, with proceeds from the sale going directly to breastcancer.org.