SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the club has partnered with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System, to present Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the Panthers host the New York Rangers at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 4, Hockey Fights Cancer Night will kick off with the Viktor E. Dash 5k Race and the Peggy Ziady Memorial One Mile Walk/Run at BB&T Center where fans can sign up to help support the National Hockey League's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. The race captain for the Viktor E. Dash is Dr. Laura Freedman, a radiation oncologist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach.
Those interested can click HERE or visit www.active.com to register or to find out more information.
The Panthers will have Francisco Diaz drop the puck Saturday night. Francisco was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) on March 29, 2013. He received a non-related bone marrow transplant on September 26, 2013. The family later found out the donor was from Poland. Francisco receives his check-ups at Sylvester's pediatric oncology outpatient clinic, Alex's place. His doctors are Dr. Edward Ziga and Martin Andreanski. Francisco is now 17 and has been cancer free for 4 years. The Panthers have invited Mary Kauffman, the Sylvester Singers Survivor Choir director and a cancer survivor herself, to sing the national anthem on Nov. 4, accompanied by Marlen Rodriguez-Wolfe, the music therapist at Sylvester.
"We are very excited to partner with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for Hockey Fights Cancer Night and Month," said Panthers Director of Corporate Partnerships Anthony Hill. "We believe that partnering with one of the premier cancer research institutions like Sylvester will only generate further cancer awareness throughout South Florida."
Florida Panthers players Mark Pysyk and Alex Petrovic will visit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center this week.
During the game, Panthers coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender, official Hockey Fights Cancer ties, while additional Panthers staff will wear lavender and Hockey Fights Cancer pins. The Florida Panthers website, mobile app and social media will go "purple for cures" on Nov. 3 to raise awareness for the cause.
Fans are encouraged to wear purple on Nov. 4 and create and share digital cards to show their support: http://www.thebbtcenterfanzone.com/hfc. The first 10,000 fans also will receive a t-shirt at the door, courtesy of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Tickets for Hockey Fights Cancer night can be purchased by clicking HERE. The first 10,000 in the building will receive a T-shirt from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Panthers players will wear purple Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys on Nov. 4. Select jerseys will be available online at auctions.nhl.com as well as outside of Club Lexus at BB&T Center during Saturday's game. The Panthers will also be selling Hockey Fights Cancer pins in Pantherland for $10 with all proceeds benefitting the Florida Panthers Foundation.
About Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is among the nation's leading cancer centers and South Florida's only Cancer Center of Excellence. With the combined strength of more than 300 cancer experts and researchers, Sylvester discovers, develops and delivers more targeted therapies, providing the next generation of cancer clinical care - precision cancer medicine - to each patient. At Sylvester, patients have access to more treatment options and more cancer clinical trials than most hospitals in the southeastern United States. To better serve current and future patients, Sylvester has a network of conveniently located outpatient treatment facilities in Miami, Coral Gables, Kendall, Hollywood, Plantation, Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs. For more information, visit Sylvester.org.