Carter Hart and Jakub Voracek will join several Philadelphia professional athletes to help raise money to fight pediatric cancer.
The Philadelphia Flyers stars will use custom-designed gold sticks during their preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.
The sticks feature illustrations made by childhood cancer patients in the area as part of the Fearless 43 initiative. The name refers to the statistic that every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. This year 43 childhood cancer patients from the Philadelphia region made the designs that will go on Hart's and Voracek's sticks. The sticks then will be auctioned to raise money for The Kisses For Kyle Foundation, which offers a variety of services to families fighting childhood cancer in the Philadelphia region.
"The Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer team) reached out, they do a kid's cancer awareness month," Hart said. "It's for a good cause and to raise awareness and raise money."
The children also made designs for cleats for Philadelphia Phillies players Scott Kingery and Jake Arrieta, Rasul Douglas of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Union players Alejandro Bedoya, Jack Elliott, Marco Fabian, and Auston Trusty.
"As a club, we wanted to honor these kids by connecting them with professional athletes through art and design," said Doug Vosik, Union senior vice present of marketing and communications. "DezCustoms did a phenomenal job making their art come to life and bring awareness to the fight against childhood cancer. It's amazing how this project has unified the professional teams in Philadelphia. What started as a project for the Union and these kids has turned into one supported by all of the pro teams in Philadelphia."