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. 16 when the Panthers host the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. Sylvester is the only cancer center in South Florida to achieve National Cancer Institute designation.
A first-time meeting between a bone marrow donor and the recipient treated at Sylvester, is being hosted by the Panthers at BB&T Center prior to that Saturday's game.
The Panthers will have the bone marrow donor and recipient along with Dr. Krishna Komanduri, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at Sylvester drop the puck Saturday night.
"We are thrilled to partner with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center again this year for Hockey Fights Cancer month," said Panthers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Premium Sales Katerina Perez. "They are the premier cancer research institution in South Florida and we hope this night will help raise awareness and funds to support cancer research."
During the game, Panthers coaches and broadcasters will wear tokens to raise awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer. Fans are encouraged to fill out cards inside BB&T Center that night. Cards will be located at the Foundation table outside of Club Lexus for fans to fill out. The first 10,000 fans at BB&T Center will receive a rally towel courtesy of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Tickets for Hockey Fights Cancer night can be purchased by clicking HERE.
Panthers players will wear special Hockey Fights Cancer warm-up jerseys on Nov. 16. Select jerseys are available online at auctions.nhl.com or by clicking here from now until Nov. 19. Select jerseys will be available for auction/raffle outside of Club Lexus at BB&T Center during Saturday's game. The Panthers will also be selling Hockey Fights Cancer pins in Pantherland and at the Foundation table outside of Club Lexus for $10 with all proceeds benefitting the Florida Panthers Foundation.
Customizable jerseys are also available for sale in Pantherland while supplies last. Warm-up pucks from Nov. 16 will also be available for purchase at the "Inside the Boards" store near section 122.
The Florida Panthers website, mobile app and social media is purple in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer month and fans are encouraged to use #HockeyFightsCancer to join the conversation and share their stories.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Panthers and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will hold their annual 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. Fans interested in participating can click here.
About Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is the only cancer center in South Florida designated by the National Cancer Institute. NCI designation recognizes that Sylvester has met the most rigorous standards for cancer research, beginning in our laboratories, extending to patient care and meeting specific needs in our community. Sylvester is known as South Florida's leader in patient-focused cancer research and care, offering the only Phase 1 clinical trials program - the first step in evaluating how patients respond to the latest investigational treatments. NCI designation further expands Sylvester's ability to provide access to novel therapies through more clinical trials and collaboration with other designated centers. Equipped with a highly qualified team of more than 300 cancer-focused physicians and researchers working together, Sylvester discovers, develops and delivers more precision cancer care. To serve current and future patients, Sylvester has a network of conveniently located outpatient treatment facilities in Miami, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Kendall, Hollywood, Plantation, and Deerfield Beach. For more information, visit Sylvester.org.