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Flyers Fans Encourages to Donate Cell Phones and Equipment

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless and Women Against Abuse, will hold a cell phone drive on Thursday, March 5 when they host the Calgary Flames at the Wachovia Center at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring used cell phones and used cell phone equipment to the game to benefit Verizon Wireless's HopeLine program. Through this program, the donated cell phones and equipment will be refurbished and recycled. Proceeds from the donated items will be used to purchase wireless phones for use by domestic violence survivors in emergency situations.

Volunteers will be on hand to collect used cell phones and cell phone equipment throughout the game in the Broad Street and 11th Street atriums and at VIP doors.

"We know we can count on our fans to bring their phones to the game and help provide a lifeline of safety and hope for victims of domestic abuse," said Flyers Senior Vice President of Business Operations Shawn Tilger. "We thank our fans in advance for their support of this important initiative."

Flyers Ambassador of Hockey Bob "The Hound" Kelly will also recognize Crystal Soriano of Philadelphia, PA as a "Flyers Community Teammate" during the second period for her dedicated fight against cancer and efforts to raise money for cancer research.

Two years ago, at the age of eight, Crystal Soriano was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have her arm amputated because of the disease. After her operation Crystal wanted to do something for the other kids in the hospital that were suffering from conditions similar to hers. In an effort to lighten everyone's spirits, Crystal baked cupcakes for all the kids on her floor at the hospital and went room to room to deliver. Since that time, Crystal has gone on to start a campaign entitled "Cupcakes for Cancer." With the help of her family, Crystal makes appearances at numerous events throughout her community selling her cupcakes and cancer bracelets in order to raise money for cancer research. As a tribute to her hard work and dedication Crystal has been featured in Girl's Life has been featured in Girl's Life Magazine and was a finalist for the Volvo for Life Awards.
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