The Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will host an awareness night in support of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), and the National Hockey League's (NHL®) annual Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative on October 22 vs. Arizona. This season's league-wide Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is taking place from October 19 - November 13, 2015.
Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night
As part of the awareness night on October 22, kids from The Hassenfeld Children's Center at NYU Langone Medical Center will be invited to attend the game and participate in various once in a lifetime opportunities throughout the night including a ceremonial puck drop, honorary Blue Crew member, Stick Kid for a night and a ride on the Zamboni machine. They will also meet Rangers alumni and experience the thrill of being featured live on GardenVision during the game. To offer additional support to The Hassenfeld Children's Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and their on-going work with pediatric cancer patients, the Rangers and Garden of Dreams provided them with a $5,000 Hockey Fights Cancer grant. The money was used towards NYU's annual Family Fun Day Event, which took place on Saturday, October 3. Click here to see Rangers alumnus Ron Greschner presenting the $5,000 check to NYU Langone Medical Center at the Family Fun Day event.
The New York Rangers Flag Kids for Hockey Fights Cancer Night are Jake and Chase Santoriella, twin brothers. Jake was diagnosed with leukemia in June of 2010 and spent the following 6 months in the hospital while he received treatment, which included a bone marrow transplant from his twin, Chase. The five year anniversary of the procedure was on October 21, 2015. During his time in the hospital, he had Rangers visitors including NYR Legends Adam Graves and Rod Gilbert, as well as Henrik Lundqvist. Jake and Chase are avid Rangers fans who attend the New York Rangers Youth Hockey Camp over the summer.
The Madison Square Garden Team stores will be selling special merchandise where a portion of the proceeds benefit Hockey Fights Cancer. The stores will feature Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirts, infinity scarves, jerseys, socks, and the ties that the coaching staff, MSG Network broadcasters and Rangers executives will be wearing on October 22. In addition to that, the players will be sporting Hockey Fights Cancer decals on their helmets throughout the month-long campaign.
For Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, the players will be in lavender warm-up jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off to help benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Additionally, similar to last year, some players will use lavender tape on their sticks during warm-ups and those will be up for auction, as well. Don't miss out on the opportunity to support your Rangers, Garden of Dreams and the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Through unique and unforgettable, on-going events and programs, the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 250,000 children and their families, with nearly 500 events in the past year alone.
The Rangers encourage fans to download an "I fight for…" placard and add a personal message to share how cancer has affected their lives. Use #NYRHFC to help raise awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer and tell us who you're fighting for. Click here for your downloadable placard.
To further support the initiative, the wives and girlfriends of Rangers players hosted a special Dessert Decorating Party at Ronald McDonald House of NY on October 15. While decorating pre-made cupcakes and cookies from Magnolia Bakery with Rangers themed sprinkles and icing, the Rangers game at Montreal was shown on TV screens and Blueshirts Bingo provided fun giveaways for the kids. In addition, Rangers legend, Adam Graves, visited children at two Garden of Dreams partner hospitals. On July 13, Adam went to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and on August 21, he visited the Hospital for Special Surgery. .
For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer and to see other ways in which you can show your support, visit hockeyfightscancer.com.