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Becky Klem

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Good morning,


A friend who is an Islander fan sent your story to me. I think it this is wonderful and hope you have room for a Blackhawk fan's story...

It was August 1999 when I heard the words I'll never forget. "We are going to give you a drug that will improve the quality and quantity of life." From that point, I realized my life would be forever changed. Three months later, pancreatic cancer would claim another life, that of my first wife, Becky.

She was wife, friend and mother to our two daughters who would say goodbye; they were only 12 and 8 at the time.

Five years ago, our oldest daughter said we needed to do something to remember Mom, something like purple tape on my goal sticks. From there, it was let's see what we can do with this, to holding a game that would raise pancreatic cancer awareness and raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

This is our fifth year and we have grown into a small but devoted nonprofit public charity, holding games in Rockford, IL and Independence, MO this year. Our staff takes no pay and all donations from players and auction benefits are donated to PanCAN. Local businesses help support our goal tremendously.

We are proud to be fighting pancreatic cancer on and off the ice!  Thank you for fighting cancer as well!

Sincerely,
Bob Klem
President, Have A Skate With Bob Foundation
Mission, KS
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