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Community: The Race is On

by Katharine Kelley / Carolina Hurricanes
Actually, there are three “races” to which I am referring, and all are very important.

Race 1: The Race for the Cup

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We all know where we stand on this one. Game 6 is Sunday here at the RBC Center, and we are going to need all ‘Caniacs (veterans or novices) to push this series to Game 7. The team has emphasized the importance of the crowd throughout the season, and it is no different now. The weather will be beautiful this Sunday, so get out here early and enjoy the lawn party and tailgating atmosphere. The Storm Squad will cruise the parking lot accepting donations for our Kids ‘N Community Foundation “Hockey with Heart” Koozies. If you don’t see them in the parking lot, come stop by the Kids ‘N Community Foundation Kiosk (Section 129) and ask about the Koozies.

Race 2: Beard Growing Race
I was extremely excited when I checked on our Beard-A-Thon website this morning and saw that we have eclipsed $21,000. I have never been so excited about beards. Maybe it’s a scary thought that I’m so excited about hair growth, but it’s for a good cause, so I’ve decided it’s OK in this situation. We’ll have a Beard-A-Thon station set up on the concourse this Sunday at Section 129 if you need to update your beard or make a pledge. The players’ beards are in full force now, so pick your favorite and pledge them.

The race is tight not only among actual beard growers but also for fundraising. Paul Strand has pulled ahead a bit with over $2,300 raised, but after that, the pack is pretty tight. Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep growing for a while, but as for now, thank you to all of you who have already participated and donated to the cause.

Race 3: The Race for the Cure
It’s time to get moving for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure taking place on June 13. Team Canes for a Cure is back, and we are inviting all of you to share the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer.

Dust off your sneakers, round up your family and friends, and join our Canes for a Cure team. Even though the team is hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes, it is open to all of you to join. With the help of many of you, our team was the top community fundraising team for last year’s race. Carolina Hurricanes supporters will team up again this year with Carolina Hurricanes employees and their families in an effort to surpass last year’s fundraising efforts. Just so you know, you don’t have to be present at the race to be part of our team. There are a number of ways to get involved without actually being at the race. If you know you’ll be on vacation that weekend, you can make a donation to our team, or you can still join our team and raise money but just not participate in the walk. Our team goal is $10,000, and we need your help to achieve this.

If you are unfamiliar with the race, here are a few anecdotes to fill you in (for more detailed information, you can visit

  • The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest foot race in North Carolina. Last year’s race attracted over 24,000 participants and observers.
  • Since its inception 13 years ago, the Komen Race for the Cure has generated over $10 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
  • The race will take place at Meredith College on June 13.
  • There are competitive and recreational races.

I hope to see some of your names on our Canes for a Cure roster. There are many “races” this playoff season for you to join, and hopefully you can find a way to get involved. Selfishly, we’d love to have you involved in all three races (which some of you already are, so thank you).

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