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Stick Tap To Hope

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

The Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation is teaming up with the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey to kick off #StickTap2Hope, a social initiative to raise awareness of the innovative recovery treatments already available for people living with spinal cord injuries.

During the Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars game at the Xcel Energy Center on November 1, Jack Jablonski will take the ice during intermission to lead the entire stadium in hockey’s largest stick tap, a sign of respect in the game of hockey when both teams tap their sticks on the ice for a player injured during a game. All 18,000+ attendees will receive hockey thunder sticks so they can join the stick tap during the game. Fans and supporters will also be asked to share a photo or video on social media of their own stick tap using #StickTap2Hope to help promote recovery for the 1.3 million Americans living with a spinal cord injury.

The foundation will host its annual gala before the game at the River Centre Exposition Hall from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on November 1. The gala will feature a social hour, dinner, silent auction, games and appearances from 1980 USA Olympic Team alumni. Tickets can be purchased at www.bel13vefoundation.org.

Event proceeds will fund spinal cord injury recovery. A special appeal during the MN Wild game will fund an expansion of the ABLE therapy facility at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, MN. The expansion will make Courage Kenny the largest facility in the North American NeuroRecovery Network created by the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation to provide and develop therapies that promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life of people living with paralysis.

The Bel13ve Foundation also funds research in a new recovery therapy that has already enabled four young men who had each been completely paralyzed for several years to regain the ability to stand independently and move their legs through conscious control via the spinal cord.

Jack Jablonski came into the spotlight in 2011 after an injury during a high school hockey game left him quadriplegic.

To donate to the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation, text T-A-P to 41444.

About the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation

Inspired by Jack’s determination to skate again, volunteers established the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation, a charitable organization created in 2013 to support research and innovative treatments that will advance recovery for everyone living with a spinal cord injury. In its first year, the foundation awarded $100,000 for research grants and ABLE scholarships.

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