The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month at Saturday’s game versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
As part of the celebration, a number of players will use lavender-taped sticks during pre-game warmup which will be donated and auctioned off during the game. Additionally, all coaching staff, broadcasters and team personnel will wear designated lavender pins and ties. All rink boards will also be lavender.
As a special salute to the program, David Clarkson has invited kids and their families from Camp Trillium to watch the game from a 42-person suite. Clarkson will also visit the suite post-game.
Other special activities include Carley Allison singing the national anthem. Carley, 19, fought a rare (1 in 3.5 billion) cancer where two inches of her trachea had to be removed. After being cancer free for close to a year, she is now fighting double lung cancer. Despite all odds, Carley has continued her singing and songwriting, competitive figure skating and is now a university student, all while raising awareness and money for cancer research and treatment.
Camp Trillium will be receiving a $350,000 cheque from the MLSE Foundation for proceeds raised at the MLSE Team Up Challenge. Additionally, Camp Trillium will receive 50 per cent of proceeds from the electronic 50/50 draw (Lady Leafs assisting with selling tickets) as well as a portion of proceeds from the Hockey Fights Cancer Collection currently for sale at the Toronto Maple Leafs Store Powered by Real Sports Apparel.
Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. It works to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.