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Rangers, NHL Help Search for a Cancer Cure

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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Valhalla, New York -- Rangers alumni Rod Gilbert and Pat LaFontaine were on hand to distribute CureSearch green "Reach the Day" wristbands to children and families impacted by childhood cancer at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center earlier today. The Stanley Cup also made an appearance on the visit.

Hockey Fights Cancer has partnered with CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation for the 2005 League-wide initiative to distribute the wristbands, which were created by CureSearch as a symbol of hope to children and their families and sharing the dream that a cure for childhood cancer is within reach.

"On behalf of all the families impacted by childhood cancer, we are grateful to the NHL for its dedication to our cause," said Paul T. Burke, President and CEO, CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. "Hockey Fights Cancer raises public awareness that childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the North America, claiming the lives of more children under 20 than any other disease. It also provides much needed funds to advance collaborative research that will help us reach the day when every child with cancer can be guaranteed a cure."

About NHL Hockey Fights Cancer:
Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative of the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research and childhood cancer hospitals. Since its inception in 1998, the program has raised over $6.8 million. For more information, please log on to www.HockeyFightsCancer.com.

About CureSearch National Childhood Foundation:
CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation represents the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest and most prestigious childhood cancer research organization, comprised of a network of more than 5,000 physicians, nurses, scientists and researchers dedicated to scientific discovery and compassionate cures. At more than 200 member institutions, this world-class network has transformed a once almost always fatal disease to one that is curable in 78 percent of patients overall today. To help CureSearch reach the day when every child with cancer can be guaranteed a cure, visit www.curesearch.org.

About Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada:
The Childhood Cancer Foundation ~ Candlelighters Canada is a national volunteer charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for families experiencing the effects of childhood cancer through the provision of resources, parent support and the promotion of research. For more information, log on to www.candlelighters.ca.
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