SAN JOSE, CA - In-line with the NHL's #HockeyFightsCancer campaign, the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) has announced several activations to engage fans, honor those who are fighting or may have lost their battle with cancer, and raise funds to support research and provide family services, on Saturday, Nov. 5 when the San Jose Sharks take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
As fans prepare for the game in downtown San Jose, they will notice the PricewaterhouseCoopers building illuminated in the month's designated color, lavender. Upon entering SAP Center at San Jose, the theme will continue as fans have the rare opportunity to see the South Atrium also illuminated in lavender as well as the dasherboards in the arena bowl.
Each guest will be provided with a Hockey Fights Cancer "I FIGHT FOR" support card courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. Fans can fill out this card to honor someone who has been impacted by cancer and display their card during the second period. The opposite side of the card will feature "This is Hockey Fights Cancer Territory" sign.
The Sharks Foundation will host several groups of pediatric cancer patients and their family members. Beginning that morning, 4-year-old Alex Yohalem, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia two years ago, will attend Sharks morning skate and receive a tour of Sharks Ice.
Then during the pre-game show, five local pediatric cancer patients will join Sharks players on the ice for the National Anthem and 15-year-old Nick Norcia, who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. A number of patients will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes access and be able to ride the Zamboni before watching the game. At the conclusion of the night, they will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the players after the game and take a tour of the locker room.
You can follow the Sharks Foundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see updated photos from their experiences and also use the hashtags #HockeyFightsCancer and #SharksBiteCancer to share your Hockey Fights Cancer moments.
The Sharks Foundation's 50/50 Raffle will take place until the close of the second intermission, with half of the funds raised benefiting Okizu and its mission to provide peer support, respite, mentoring and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks located on the concourse, as well as from 50/50 Raffle ticket sellers.
At the Sharks Foundation booth located at section 118, Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirts will be sold for $20 each, as well as buttons and pins for a general donation. The Foundation will also host a featured item of the night during its in-game auction with proceeds benefiting the Austen Everett Foundation.
Additionally, Hockey Fights Cancer practice jerseys will be available for auction in partnership with the non-profit of the night, Cancer CAREpoint. Fans can bid on the signed, practice worn jerseys at the North Entrance. The winners will be displayed at the end of the second intermission.
Every year the NHL distributes a $5,000 check to each club to contribute to a cancer-related organization. The Sharks have chosen a new NHL partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand, as this year's beneficiary. They will be hosting a table on the concourse during the game.
The Hockey Fights Cancer initiative kicked-off league-wide on October 24 and will run through November 18.