Nearly $30,000 raised to fight cancer
The practice jersey auction hosted during the Capitals first three home games raised $27,986 for the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure. Nine jerseys went for more than $1,000 each, with Brooks Laich’s jersey the top seller at $3,060. Other top bid recipients were Nicklas Backstrom, Chris Clark, Sergei Fedorov, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and David Steckel.
Before puck drop at the Oct. 18 game versus New Jersey the Capitals honored 25 season-ticket holders who have beaten, are battling, have treated or in some way been personally touched by breast cancer. Caps right wing Matt Bradley and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, who lost their mothers to cancer, greeted each participant on the ice and posed for a group photo.
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 $10 million.
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, they have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill their promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.