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Islanders Fight Cancer

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

As October renews the NHL season, the New York Islanders are renewing their fight against cancer via the Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) initiative.

The Islanders Fight Cancer initiative – in conjunction with Hockey Fights Cancer – plans to bring awareness to local cancer patients and survivors, non-profit organizations and hospitals with the ultimate goal of raising funds to battle and cure the disease.

This is the 16th consecutive year that the Islanders and HFC have teamed up and the initiative stands alone as the biggest drive for the Islanders Children’s Foundation (ICF), the team’s official charity. Every season, the Islanders hold fundraisers at home games at Nassau Coliseum, online and at special events for the fans.

Hockey Fights Cancer asks fans to donate and support the cause at home, work and school. Throughout October, check NewYorkIslanders.com for first-hand accounts from survivors, caregivers and the brave people currently fighting cancer.

If you want to share a personal story or a story from a friend, family member or co-worker, please email Ann.Rina@NewYorkIslanders.com, and be sure to include a few pictures.

Throughout October the New York Islanders will feature the following organizations:

Candlelighter’s Foundation: Candlelighters NYC is an organization dedicated to helping families get through the difficult times when a child is diagnosed with and being treated for cancer .We assist through all stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment and remission–“Because kids can't fight cancer alone.” Families shouldn’t have to fight cancer alone. Candlelighters NYC is a free service that is open to anyone in New York City who has a child with cancer.

Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them strong, functioning and able to cope. Since our founding in 1978, we have served approximately 5,000 children and their families. When siblings are counted we have touched the lives of over 12,700 children. Friends of Karen offers its services regardless of race, religion, gender, handicap or national origin in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Smiles for Scott: The Smiles For Scott Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to honor the life and memory of Scott Loeb, the son of Debbie and Larry Loeb. Scott passed away in 2005 from medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at the age of five. The Foundation’s objective is to raise funds to enhance the care and lives of children afflicted with cancer. The Foundation was named in recognition of Scott’s contagious smile.

Stepping Stone Support–Winthrop University: Stepping Stone Support and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer have partnered to fund research and provide education/information to women who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and to increase public awareness of gynecologic prevention and early detection. The education is a dual mission in that programs are developed for women who have been diagnosed as well as for well women, who benefit from awareness of early detection and risk factor information.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen’s Medical Center: A truly unique facility, Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park is dedicated exclusively to the care of children and committed to providing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art care in all major clinical areas. Family centered care is the core of their mission. The Cohen Center’s discoveries, advancements and achievements over the years have garnered recognition as one of the nation's preeminent children's hospitals.

St. Baldrick’s: With each passing milestone, human lives—the lives of children with cancer—are being dramatically improved through the support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The continued momentum of this effort relies on volunteers and has everything to do with one very small but powerful word. You.

Stony Brook University Cancer Center: The mission of Stony Brook University Cancer Center is to reduce the suffering from cancer by providing world-class multidisciplinary care close to home, conducting innovative research, educating patients and healthcare professionals, and partnering with our community to reach the underserved populations.

Cancer Awareness Nights:

The Islanders encourage fans to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness night on Oct. 16 when they take on the San Jose Sharks. During the day, stop by the Coliseum Expo Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in the American Red Cross – New York Islanders blood drive. Come out to donate and receive a voucher for two tickets to a future Islanders home game.

At the American Red Cross Blood Drive, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about how they can become a bone marrow donor and be tested. Fans who can’t attend the blood drive can learn more and get tested on the Coliseum concourse during the Oct. 25 “Hockey Fights Cancer” game.

Additionally, when the Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 21, the team asks fans to wear light blue in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, gearing fans up for November, or Movemeber, the month designated as Prostate Cancer awareness month by the NHL.

Be sure to check out special “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys worn by New York Islanders players during warm-ups at the Oct. 25 game against the Dallas Stars. Beginning Oct. 1 through Oct. 16,, take the opportunity to bid on your favorite Islanders’ “Hockey Fights Cancer” jersey at Shop.NHL.com. All proceeds benefit the Islanders’ Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative. The highest bidders receive two tickets to the Oct. 25 game and the opportunity to receive the jersey.

Throughout October, a portion of the proceeds from every pink cotton candy sold goes to the Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative.

Together, the Islanders and the Long Island community can do our part to stop cancer!

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