The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team, in partnership with the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will again take part in the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer™ program during the team's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. As part of an NHL-wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research, the Sabres will be hosting events throughout the night in support of local cancer patients and their charitable organizations. All fans attending the game will receive a co-branded Sabres and Courage of Carly Fund scarf.
"Roswell Park and the Courage of Carly Fund are both proud and grateful to be the Sabres' chosen partner for this year's Hockey Fights Cancer™ program," said Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D, President and CEO of Roswell Park. "The awareness and funds raised through this collaboration allow us to give every child who comes through our doors a fighting chance, and bring us one step closer to a world where families no longer fear a cancer diagnosis."
Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase autographed Hockey Fights Cancer™ hats for $20. The hats have been donated by New Era Cap Company and will be sold before the game and through the second intermission. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Wives and girlfriends of Sabres players will be on hand to assist with the sale. Hockey Fights Cancer™ shirts will also be on sale in the Sabres store.
"Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a movement that has had a profound impact on the hockey community and given endless support to patients and their families," said Sabres President Russ Brandon. "We are proud to partner with the amazing team at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to raise awareness and funds with the hope of one day finding a cure for this disease."
Volunteers from Roswell Park will be on hand selling raffle tickets for chances to win Sabres experiences and autographed items. Tickets will be sold on the 100 level near the HarborCenter bridge until the second intermission. Furthermore, an online auction featuring unique Sabres autographed merchandise and experiences will be running this week at auctions.NHL.com. This auction will start on Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. and close on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting Roswell Park Cancer Institute
To commemorate the night, all Sabres players will wear purple jerseys and use sticks with purple tape during warmups. The jerseys will be auctioned off at auctions.NHL.com immediately following the game. Sabres coaches and broadcasters will be wearing commemorative Hockey Fights Cancer™ ties and there will be a ceremonial puck drop before the game, so fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats early.
Roswell Park volunteers will also be stationed at tables throughout the concourse to help fans fill out "I'm fighting for ___" placards that will be held up at a designated time during the second period.
Flashes of Hope will also be set up from 5 to 6:30 p.m. near the elevators on the street level of the arena to give cancer survivors an opportunity to have their photos taken professionally.
Over the past five years, the Buffalo Sabres' Hockey Fights Cancer™ fund has donated $30,000 to Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for children's cancer while honoring the unique life and memories of every child fighting cancer. Several Sabres players went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Oct. 19 to visit with patients that benefit from Flashes of Hope.
Members of the Courage of Carly Fund will join other cancer patients from Roswell Park throughout the game in suites donated by the Sabres organization and Sabres players Ryan O'Reilly and Zach Bogosian. After the game, pediatric cancer patients will have the opportunity to meet with Sabres players in the team's locker room area.
About the Courage of Carly Fund
The Courage of Carly Fund supports children, teens and young adults fighting cancer as well as pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Fueled entirely by donations and community support, the fund provides year-round activities, events and supportive programs that allow patients to experience the everyday joys of childhood. The Courage of Carly Fund was originally founded as Carly's Club by 8-year-old Carly Collard Cottone, who lost her hard-fought battle with cancer in 2002. Follow the Courage of Carly Fund on Facebook and Twitter and learn more at CourageofCarlyFund.org.
About Roswell Park Cancer Institute
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email email@example.com. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative is supported by the National Hockey League Foundation, the NHL Foundation, players, NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $16 million to support the cancer programs of national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, please go to hockeyfightscancer.com.