(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) will once again be proudly supporting Hockey Fights Cancer to tackle hockey's most important fight, cancer. To kick off this year's major fundraising event, the Oilers held a special ceremonial puck drop where New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle joined Oilers Captain Connor McDavid and special guests Reid and Chantal from the Kids With Cancer Society at centre ice. Brian Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer, during training camp and suited up for his second game of the season this evening since the diagnosis.
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Support for Hockey Fights Cancer will be splashed around the arena this evening while the Oilers take on the New Jersey Devils with the Oilers Foundation and Oilers Ladies selling limited-edition Oilers mittens on the concourses for only $20.
Hockey Fights Cancer's signature colour, lavender, will be evident throughout Rogers Place as well, with lavender rink boards and in-bowl lighting. Additionally, Oilers players will be using lavender tape during pre-game warmup and donning special Hockey Fights Cancer helmet decals during the game. Oilers Management and Coaches will also be showcasing their support by wearing the official lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties and pocket squares.
Net proceeds from this annual Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser will benefit the Kids With Cancer Society's BrainWorks program and the EOCF. The Kids with Cancer Society helps children diagnosed with cancer and their families throughout Northern Alberta handle various issues - from the time of diagnosis throughout treatment and beyond - through support clinical programs and research as they navigate cancer treatment or cope with cognitive late effects.
"BrainWorks has been accessed approximately 2,700 times in the last two years, for therapy sessions, teachers meetings and group support. This access has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's investment," said Kids with Cancer Society Executive Director Val Figliuzzi.
"We are very grateful for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. They saw the potential and were the first to provide funding for our visionary BrainWorks Program - the first program of its kind in Canada. With the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's help, we are able to provide needed support for our children and their families in their time of greatest need, helping them move beyond childhood cancer to becoming successful in life."
Fans can showcase their Hockey Fights Cancer support throughout November. 'I Fight For' signs are available on NHL.com to download and share on social media with the #HockeyFightsCancer hashtag. Fans are encouraged to show their support by tagging @EdmontonOilers and @Oil_Foundation on social media.
You can also show your support for the Kids with Cancer Society by bidding in the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's Hockey Fights Cancer Online Charity Auction from November 3-16, 2017.
For more information, please visit OilersFoundation.ca.