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Hockey Fights Cancer

Hockey Fights Cancer

October is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness month!

About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League 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, Hockey Fights Cancer™ has raised more than $12 million.  Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice™, the National Hockey League’s® and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.

Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month will once again share the spotlight in October with the start of the 2013-14 NHL season. For this season’s month-long initiative, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Prostate Cancer Canada, ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, MOVEMBER  and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to raise funds and awareness for this important cause.

Throughout the month of October the Wild will recognize and support different cancer related organizations in a variety of ways. The Wild will host pediatric cancer patients in donated suites and arena seating as well as plan some fun meet and greet opportunities with Wild players and unforgettable experiences like being Bench Buddies and riding the Zamboni throughout the month of October.

The Minnesota Wild will host their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on October 22nd, 2013 when the Wild take on the Nashville Predators. The awareness night will include an in game feature of the Wild’s October Hockey Fights Cancer month long initiatives, in-arena public service announcements about HFC, and the Wild will host pediatric cancer patients throughout the arena. The awareness night will also feature Wild players wearing HFC decals on their helmets, as well as coaches and broadcasters wearing special HFC ties and pins.  

Hockey Fights Cancer Partners
The Wild are partnering with several local cancer organizations throughout October highlighting the efforts of these organizations to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS):
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is at the threshold of cures for more patients. What was once considered unimaginable, are now safe and effective treatments saving lives today. During the last 60+ years LLS has invested more than $875 million to develop blood cancer therapies, helping advance many of the drugs already approved for blood cancer patients. Since the 1960’s the survival rate for many blood cancer patients has doubled, tripled, even quadrupled. LLS is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and support. But access and cures don’t come easy.

Two signature LLS fundraising campaigns this winter include: 
  • Team in Training (TNT) provides the training to run or walk marathons and half marathons, or to participate in triathlons, century (100-mile) bike rides, and ski events.  Learn more at
  • Pennies for Patients is a coin collection program during January and February throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota schools. For more information, visit LLS also offers several patient assistance and education programs.  
Help save lives by donating to LLS, or signing up for one of the many fundraising events available throughout the year. Visit today.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN):
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the US; 74 percent of patients will die in the first 12 months of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is less than six percent.  Despite these statistics, pancreatic cancer is the most underfunded among leading cancer killers, with approximately two percent of the National Cancer Institute’s annual research budget allotted to this devastating disease. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. The organization helps support individuals and communities all across the country work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. We create a sense of hope and community so no one has to face pancreatic cancer alone. For more information, go to

The Twin Cities Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network along with local residents, pancreatic cancer survivors, and volunteers, will join more than 13,000 people at eighty different PurpleLight National Vigil of Hope events taking place in communities across the country on October 27, 2013 to turn the country purple, the color of pancreatic cancer awareness. The candlelight vigil will commence National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November by remembering those who have fought pancreatic cancer, and honoring pancreatic cancer survivors. If you are interested in learning more about PurpleLight or other events in the Twin Cities, as well as volunteer opportunities with the local Affiliate, go to\twincities

ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer:
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. As a leader in the fight against prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, encourages action, and provides education and support to men and their families. ZERO's premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America. ZERO is a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 84 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and programs. For more information, visit

Interested in supporting the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative? Here’s how you can lend a hand and support the cause on a local and national level.

The Wild Better Halves will host a PJ’s for Patients Pajama Drive at the Saturday, October 12th Wild vs. Stars game. Fans can donate new, un-worn PJ’s of all sizes at designated gates 1-4 of the Xcel Energy Center prior to the start of the game. The Better Halves will deliver donated PJs to pediatric cancer patients in local children’s hospitals. All remaining PJ’s will be donated to local children’s charity, Sweet Dreams for Kids. For more inforamtion, click here.

Starting October 1, commemorative HFC ties, jackets, caps, books, and t-shirts can be pruchased through A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all these products will benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.  

Along with shopping online, Wild fans can purchase Wild branded HFC t-shirts for men and women at all Hockey Lodge retail outlets with a portion of the proceeds benefitting HFC.

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