Fans throughout the State of Hockey and the hockey world have heard about Josh Harding
's courageous battle to overcome Multiple Sclerosis and continue his NHL career. Well, now the Wild goaltender is giving back with a charity to raise awareness and funds for people living with MS: Harding's Hope.
The netminder will host the kickoff event for Harding's Hope from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at The Pourhouse in Minneapolis. The event will feature fun games, live music from the Tim Sigler Band, food and drinks. FOX Sports North's Kevin Gorg will emcee the event. All ages are welcome to this family friendly event.
Tickets can be purchased, here. A special VIP four-pack can be purchased and will include signed photos from Harding, a Mezzanine Level Table for four, an appetizer buffet for the duration of the event and an open bar.
The Pourhouse is located in the Lumber Exchange Building, 10 S 5th Street in Minneapolis.
Diagnosed with MS in October 2012, Harding initially struggled to find important and necessary information about the disease, while he was exposed to some of the negative perceptions surrounding something that affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. A lack of education and understanding are something that Josh hopes he is able to help change through work with his new organization.
“There is a poor perception of people diagnosed with MS. People immediately think wheelchair and death,” said Josh Harding, who is grateful for the extraordinary help and support he has received from his doctor and medical team. “I want to be a role model for others diagnosed with MS by showing that this will not come between me and my goals.”
For more information about Harding's Hope, vista the organization's website or follow them on Twitter @HardingsHope.
Harding was the NHL's 2013 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."