RALEIGH, NC (January 17, 2001) – The Carolina Hurricanes will host a special “Hockey Fights Cancer” Day on Saturday, January 20, 2001 as the Hurricanes take on the Los Angeles Kings at 1:30 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The team is bringing in 50 cancer patients for the afternoon game as well as hosting one patient for a “Once-in-a-Lifetime” opportunity. The team will also be making a donation for the NHL’s 2nd Annual Online Auction to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer and “Hockey’s All-Star Kids.”
The Hurricanes will host 25 cancer patients from UNC Hospitals and 25 patients from Duke Children’s Hospital. The star of the day will be 16-year-old Alex Joseph, who will take the ceremonial slapshot prior to the game and enjoy a “Once-in-a-Lifetime” opportunity to take part as part of the “Storm Squad” during the game. Joseph, who was diagnosed with A.L.L. leukemia in November 1999, is a patient at Duke and will also have an opportunity to meet Hurricanes captain and Hockey Fights Cancer representative Ron Francis after the game.
Francis will also wear a special patch on his game jersey with the Hockey Fights Cancer logo. Following the game, Francis will autograph the jersey and it will be donated to the Hockey Fights Cancer online auction. All money collected from the sale of the jersey will go to local hospitals. Last year, the NHL All-Star online auction raised $418,330 for the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, cancer research centers, and Children’s Hospitals in each NHL market. The league’s collaborative efforts have raised $2.6 million since 1999 for these important causes. All auction items will be available from January 17 to February 5, 2001 on hockeyfightscancerauction.com.
The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and visibility for local cancer care or research, as well as support the American Cancer Society and Canadian Cancer Society national organizations. Founded by the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, Hockey Fights Cancer is supported by 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.
For more information, please contact Hurricanes’ Community Relations Manager Bené Wills at (919) 861-5474.
ESSAY written by Alex Joseph (Jan. 2001)
My name is Alex Joseph, and I’m 16 years old. A little more than a year ago I was diagnosed with A.L.L. leukemia. It was Friday the 13th when I was admitted to the hospital at Duke. I was pretty sick, but I’m getting much better. In February I will be finished with the most difficult treatment, and then I have about one more year of treatment. For most of the past year, I had to be home schooled, but I was able to return to school for my junior year this month. I’ll get my driver’s license in March. I like to play basketball and football (tackle football,but my friends know to just tag me), swim, collect cards, and hang out with my friends. I like to go to the mall, and I love buying shoes. I play the violin and I want to learn how to play electric guitar. I’m a huge Carolina fan. I always wear my Carolina hat and coat at Duke - it drives the nurses crazy! I’m excited about going to the NHL Fights Cancer game, because I’ve never been to a hockey game before. I played roller hockey once, and I wish they had hockey in Rocky Mount, because I would have tried out. I really just want to see a real hockey game; I heard it’s a lot of fun.