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Leukemia Awareness Night on March 25

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers


The Flyers and Brian Savage are teaming up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Leukemia Awareness night on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at the Wachovia Center during their game against the Ottawa Senators. All fans in attendance that donate a new hat or new blanket can enter to win a special Flyers Experience with Brian Savage. All items collected will be donated to local oncology units.

The Flyers Experience with Brian Savage includes a private practice session and lunch with Savage at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ at a mutually agreed upon date.

Savage has a special connection to Leukemia. In April 2003, his 9-year old niece, Megan, lost her three-year battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Brian witnessed her slow decline and the tremendous affect it had on his brother Dave, sister-in-law Kim and their other children, Cameron and Kristin. Megan endured countless chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant.

"Megan will always hold a special place in my heart along with all the other brave children who are fighting this vicious disease," said Savage.

Family is very important to Brian and his wife Debbie who have two young boys, Ryan and Redmond. The Savages have established the Megan's Wings Foundation in their hometown of Sudbury, Ontario, to help children with cancer. In April 2005, the couple ran the Nashville 26.2 mile Country Music Marathon and raised over $30,000 in pledge money.

All hats and blankets collected on Saturday will be donated to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, the Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center for their oncology patients.

In addition, that evening 14-year old Danielle Rodgers from Springfield, PA will be recognized as the Flyers Community Teammate for her commitment in raising over $50,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The "Flyers Community Teammate" program, sponsored by Clear Channel, was developed to recognize an individual or group for their positive contributions to the local community.

For more information on resources for leukemia patients and families, call The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Information Resource Center at (800)-955-4572 or visit www.LLS.org.
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