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Jets Toy Drive a big help for Christmas Cheer Board

by Jason Friesen @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

The Christmas season is a time of giving for many. It's no different for True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets as they continue their tradition of giving through the Winnipeg Jets Toy Drive this year.

The Toy Drive, which is presented by Wawanesa Insurance, will accept donations at Jets home games on Dec. 1, Dec. 3, Dec. 11, and Dec. 14, as well as at the Canadian National Women's Hockey Team vs. Team USA game on Dec. 5 at Bell MTS Place, Jets Gear stores, and select Wawanesa Insurance broker partners.

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HFC: Breakthrough treatments are happening here in Manitoba

Your donations to the Winnipeg Jets' Hockey Fights Cancer campaign support pediatric clinical trials being available to Brenna and other Manitoba kids with cancer

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / WinnipegJets.com

When over 15,000 fans chant "Go Jets Go!" at Bell MTS Place, the sound is absolutely thunderous. Cheering from her living room, one passionate young fan makes sure to add her voice to this well-known chant every chance she gets.

Brenna, three, is a huge Winnipeg Jets fan. She may be small, but pound-for-pound she has to be one of the biggest Jets fans around. She is also an incredibly courageous and strong girl.  

In July 2016, Brenna was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. It's a form of cancerous tumour that starts in the brain near the base of the skull and tends to spread to the spinal cord.

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Jets fan gives woman with cancer a game to remember

by Jason Friesen @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

They don't call Manitoba "friendly" for nothing.

When Winnipeg Jets fan Ryan Delong found out that none of his friends could go to the November 18 game vs. the New Jersey Devils with him, he got the idea to give his extra ticket to somebody who normally wouldn't have the opportunity to go to a Jets game.

He created a posting online for the seat, asking people to explain why they deserved the ticket. In the end, it was Leslie MacKay, a single mother battling breast cancer and lymphoma.

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HFC: Clinical trials lead to progress

"The clinical trials we participate in today shape the treatments of tomorrow" - Dr. Leonard Minuk, CancerCare Manitoba

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / WinnipegJets.com

Dr. Leonard Minuk | Photo courtesy of CancerCare Manitoba

Every year, between 50 and 60 children will be diagnosed with cancer in Manitoba. Everything known about how to cure these special kids has been learned from decades of research. The survival rate for children with cancer is now over 80 per cent, a dramatic increase from 30 years ago. Pediatric clinical trials help determine the most effective and safest treatment for childhood cancers.

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Jets' wives roll up their sleeves to help families fight cancer

by Jason Friesen / WinnipegJets.com

Referees may be able to make sure a hockey game is played fairly, but there are no referees when it comes to cancer. Unfortunately, that means it can pick on anyone, including children. The Winnipeg Jets wives were looking to fight back and brighten the days of some of those kids with cancer by raising awareness and money for pediatric clinical trials in Manitoba with an event in mid-October.

The event was part of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, in partnership with the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Three children with cancer and their families joined several women from the Jets wives and girlfriends group in painting pottery at the Brush Fire Ceramic Studio. The crew of Jets wives included Brittany Little, Brittany Mason, Emily Byfuglien, Camilla Enstrom, and Tina Kompon.

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Brody's Story - Hockey Fights Cancer

Your Support Provides Hope For Brody's Future

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / Winnipeg Jets

Like many kids who live in communities all across our province, Brody started playing hockey when he was very young. He was on the ice in kindergarten but when the next winter came around, he wasn't able to skate anymore. It wasn't because he didn't want to skate, it was because he just physically couldn't do it. What his parents Rick and Melanie didn't know at that time was "why" their young son was deteriorating in front of their eyes.   

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Maia's Story - Hockey Fights Cancer

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Communications / Winnipeg Jets

Maia, 4, is a smart, curious little girl who loves animals - drawing animals, playing with animals, and dressing up like animals. Earlier this year Maia had a lingering fever and rash, she didn't want to eat and complained about pains throughout her body. She wasn't acting like herself and her parents, Alicia and Rob, intuitively knew something was terribly wrong with their daughter.

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True North Youth Foundation launches 50/50 program for Jets away games

by TNYF Staff / Winnipeg Jets

The True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) will launch its Away Game 50/50 Program today, allowing fans in Manitoba to purchase 50/50 tickets for today's Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins away game, and for all other away games this season, in support of TNYF and its youth-centred programs.

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Meet Thomas Nowicki, a TNYF part-time employee and jack of all trades

by TNYF Staff / Winnipeg Jets

As a student in the Recreation Management and Community Development program at the University of Manitoba, Thomas Nowicki opted to complete a fieldwork placement. He was presented with many options at a career fair and his parents helped influence his decision knowing he wanted the opportunity to be part of an organization that creates positive change in the community and provides opportunities to youth. Thomas chose the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) due to the blend of office, programming and event work.

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Learn to Play offers more than skating skills

by Jana Sklover / Winnipeg Jets

The True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) recently embraced a new NHL initiative for children who have never been exposed to the game of hockey. Children between the ages of 8 and 9 are carefully chosen to by the school division to attend the program once a week for ten weeks at their local community arena. The children are provided with free equipment from the NHL over a ten week period and are also being monitored by Hockey Canada and Hockey Manitoba. Not only will they watch the children's individual progress during the program, they will continue to do so to see if they still skate and/or play hockey once the program has finished.

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