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Islanders Fight Cancer

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

From the eastern tip of Long Island to the westernmost tip of Brooklyn, we are one community of Islanders fans. We live and breathe Islanders hockey together, but now it’s time for all of us to bring that same passion and energy to the fight against cancer.

The New York Islanders are doing their part, teaming up with Hockey Fights Cancer for the 17th consecutive year.

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.

Every season, the Islanders hold Cancer Awareness Nights, as well as fundraisers at special events, online and at home games – now at Barclays Center. The initiative stands alone as the biggest drive for the Islanders Children’s Foundation (ICF), the team’s official charity.

Hockey Fights Cancer asks fans to donate and support the cause at home, work and school. Throughout October, check 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, and be sure to include a few pictures.

Cancer Awareness Nights:

The Islanders want you to raise awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer during our home games in October. The first cancer awareness night is Oct. 12 against the Winnipeg Jets. On Oct. 17, the Islanders encourage fans to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night when they take on the San Jose Sharks. Show your support for those battling prostate cancer by wearing light blue on Oct. 26, when the Islanders face off against the Calgary Flames.

While the Islanders support the fight against childhood, breast and prostate cancer on individual nights, we join in the fight against all cancer on Oct. 23 for Hockey Fights Cancer night. The Islanders will wear special lavender jerseys in warmups prior to the game, which will be auctioned off from Oct. 1-15, with proceeds benefitting the Islanders’ Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative. The highest bidders will receive the jerseys on Oct. 23 at Barclays Center.



In addition to the jersey auction, the Islanders will use lavender tape on their sticks on Oct. 23, before auctioning their sticks off after the game. Don’t miss the chance to win a game-used stick and help a great cause in the process.

Fans can also feel good about purchasing the Islanders 50/50 raffle, as all 50/50 proceeds throughout October will go towards the Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative.

Additionally, Levy Restaurants will give fans the opportunity to donate directly to Hockey Fights Cancer. Fans have the option to “Round Up” their bills at concession stands, with all proceeds going towards hockey’s greatest fight.

Partner Organizations:

Various cancer-awareness organizations will be invited to Islanders games throughout the month of October. Each group will be invited to distribute information to fans while raising awareness for their specific organizations. The following groups will be invited down:

American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

•The American Cancer Society’s ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. Participants in the walks raise funds to support breast cancer research, those affected by breast cancer and also help people reduce the risk of getting breast cancer in the future.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

•Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s ultimate mission is to offer the best pediatric and children’s health care services in a safe, comfortable and stress-free environment for children. The Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides hope for patients with internationally-recognized pediatric hematologists and oncologists providing families with access to sponsored national and local clinical trials and state-of-the-science therapy. The Children’s Blood Disorder and Cancer Center also offers a Survivors Facing Forward Center, which provides support for children who are cancer survivors.

Zero to End Prostate Cancer

•The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. They lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action and providing education and support to men and their families. Their premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, the largest men's health event series in the United States. The ultimate goal is Generation Zero; the first generation of men free from prostate cancer.


•The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier and longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $650 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Each November, the Movember Foundation encourages people to participate by signing up and growing a moustache for 30 days, and more recently they have created an initiative to “move” for 30 days.

DKMS (Delete Blood Cancer)

•In 1990, Peter Harf and his daughters went door-to-door in an effort to find a donor match for his wife and their mother, Mechtild Harf. They registered 68,000 donors in just one year. Sadly, Mechtild lost her battle, but in her honor, the Harfs started a bone marrow donor center (DKMS) that has since grown to be the world’s largest. DKMS has registered over five million donors and provided more than 51,000 patients with second chances at life. They work every day to delete blood cancer by inspiring as many people as possible to register as bone marrow donors to provide patients with second chances at life.

The Islanders also plan to visit children’s hospitals and invite special guests to home games. We ask that you help us in our fight so that together, we can stop cancer.

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