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Messier Skyway Paves the Way for TCF Kids

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Messier Joins Forces with Mercedes-Benz Tri-State Dealers, Panasonic, American Express and the Rangers to Help Build Kids Club for Tomorrows Children's Fund

Today New York Rangers captain Mark Messier will become the first athlete to have a facility named in his honor by the Tomorrows Children's Fund (TCF). Officially named The Mark Messier Skyway, this indoor pedway will join the women and children's pavilion to the Imus/WFAN Pediatric Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. The design plans for this dedicated space involve an indoor area for the children to relax and play throughout their stay at the children's pavilion while undergoing treatment. Messier has visions of transforming the skyway into a hockey fantasyland, complete with interactive videos and games and personal memorabilia marking some of his most memorable NHL milestones.

Messier, who has helped raise millions of dollars for Tomorrows Children's Fund since coming to New York in 1991, is overwhelmed by this tribute. "I have been fortunate to spend time with the kids and families at TCF and it has been an incredible experience," said Messier. "Seeing all the wonderful things they have accomplished and being involved with an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of these kids has always inspired me and provided a grounded perspective. And now to have a part of this with my name on it is just an incredible honor."

To help raise funds for the development of this indoor activity center, Messier has established the Mark Messier Kids Club for Tomorrows Children's Fund. Mark will also become the program's first sponsor, donating $500,000 to the cause. "We are beyond grateful to Mark Messier and his family for their unending commitment to our children at Tomorrows Children's Fund," said David Jurist, co-President of Tomorrows Children's Fund. "Because of Mark and his sister Mary-Kay's dedication, we have been able to help so many children is so many different ways. Mark has brought compassion, love and joy to our children's lives. We are honored to know Mark Messier and his wonderful family."

Messier is proud to be joined in this effort by generous supporters including: Mercede-Benz Tri-State Dealers, Panasonic, American Express and the Rangers, who, together, will direct an additional $135,000 to the project. "I have experienced great support from corporations and Rangers fans throughout my career in New York," commented the Rangers captain. "It really is an honor to have people stand up beside you and support you in a cause you truly believe in. I just think that this project will be a great experience for everyone involved."

The Mark Messier Kids Club for Tomorrows Children's Fund also offers Ranger fans and local businesses a unique opportunity to make a difference in a child's life while capturing a piece of Ranger's history. Individuals can join the Club and become members by making a donation of either $30 or $100. Members who donate $30 will receive a special photograph of Mark's historic 1,851st point. For fans who would like to contribute more, a $100 donation will entitle the member to receive the 1,851 photograph, along with a special, TCF Edition of "Messier; Leader, Legend & Champion", a DVD (NHL Productions) highlighting The Captain's glorious NHL career. In addition, all Mark Messier Kids Club for Tomorrows Children's Fund members will also be eligible to win a chance to meet #11 at a VIP reception. For more information on how you can become a member of Mark Messier's Kids Club for Tomorrows Children's Fund, please contact the Tomorrows Children's Fund at 1-800-ATCF-KID.

The Tomorrows Children's Fund (TCF) is a privately funded, non-profit organization that eases the pain and suffering of children fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder. TCF offers support to children afflicted with cancer and their families, assists medical professionals and provides funding for clinical research. It is the mission of the Tomorrows Children's Fund to provide all of the resources needed to achieve the total cure that every child deserves.
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