OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with the Ottawa Senators (@Senators) will host its ninth annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, presented by Nordion, in support of The Ottawa Hospital at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, Nov. 5, when the team opposes the Buffalo Sabres.
Prior to the game, the team will hold a special opening ceremony with 13-year-old Ottawa native Justin Leblanc. Justin was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at the age of nine after a hole was discovered in the femur of his right leg. Justin underwent chemotherapy treatment and he has had several surgeries over the years. His most recent surgery was in early October. Thanks to the care and support he has received from The Ottawa Hospital, Justin continues to fight and showcase his bravery and courage to all.
Fans can join the fight by downloading an "I Fight For" card, writing the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer and sharing it via social media using the hash tag #hockeyfightscancer. At the game, fans will then be asked to stand and display their cards in support of Justin and the thousands like him who are battling this disease.
Select Senators wives and girlfriends will join team president Cyril Leeder and Ottawa Senators Foundation president Danielle Robinson when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. to distribute Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" cards at Gate 1, behind Section 116 and 106 in addition to two areas on the 200-level behind Section 201 and on both sides of the stairs at the top of Gate 1.
To support the initiative fans can:
- Purchase tickets to the game using promo code "THEOTTAWAHOSPITAL". A discount will be provided to fans and a portion of every sale will go towards cancer care and research.
- Text message SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation and SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 contribution. The NHL will match all generated funds up to a total of $5,000.
- Download an "I Fight For" card and show us for whom you are fighting and share it via social media using the hashtag #hockeyfightscancer.
- During warm-up, Senators players will be wearing special purple jerseys and other limited edition Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available online via NHL Auctions.
All proceeds from Hockey Fights Cancer donations will be directed to the Ottawa Senators Foundation in support of the The Ottawa Hospital.
Hockey Fights Cancer, part of the National Hockey League's cancer awareness program, is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the NHL and NHL Players' Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.
To date, through the NHL's US and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $16 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer and Saturday's event, please visit www.ottawasenators.com or www.sensfoundation.com.
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