The Dallas Stars celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer presented by the UT Southwestern on Monday, March 18 against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars defeated the Flames 4-3 in front of a raucous crowd. To create awareness for the fight against all types of cancer, the American Airlines Center was turned lavender pregame, the Dallas Stars Ice Girls danced with purple pompoms and players used lavender wrapped sticks during warm-up. The sticks were available to fans through a silent auction during the game with proceeds benefiting the Dallas Stars Foundation.
The game was dedicated to Matt McKee, a beloved Dallas Stars employee who lost his battle to leukemia in 2008. His wife, Tracy, and daughter, Madeline, joined Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites for the ceremonial puck drop. During the first period, Brenden Dillon presented Madeline a signed stick and she was honored as the Dr Pepper Stick Kid.
"Matt McKee was an integral part of the Dallas Stars front office,” President and CEO Jim Lites said. “When he lost his battle to leukemia, we vowed to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and continue to fight for a cure. It was an honor to have his wife Tracy and daughter Maddie with us tonight for Hockey Fights Cancer."
Many local nonprofits with a cancer-related mission attended the game together including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Heroes for Children, Relay for Life, 4 Yellow Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UT Southwestern and the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. The Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center sold the most group tickets and earned a table on the concourse to engage fans in their mission.
During the second intermission, the Dallas Stars Foundation presented the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society a check for $10,000 in support of patient aid. Fans were invited to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society further with a text to donate program displayed on arena fascia. Each text to 80077 with LLSNTX raised $10, bringing the total to $10,765 when the night concluded.
“The amount donated by the Dallas Stars Foundation helped the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in a number of ways,” Light The Night Campaign Director Kacy Lowe said. “The Dallas Stars Foundation’s donation and tonight's event help us tremendously in funding more researchers at great institutions like UT Southwestern who find better treatments and cures every year.”
While the Dallas Stars organization continues to support the fight against cancer, the Dallas Stars fought hard against the Calgary Flames and earned a win for all.
For more information on Hockey Fights Cancer partners, visit http://www.marycrowley.org, http://www.lls.org and http://www.utsouthwestern.edu.