ATTACK PARTNER WITH CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY FOR 2ND ANNUAL CUBS FOR CANCER EVENT
The Owen Sound Attack, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Bluewater Office, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Cubs For Cancer event in support of childhood cancer research and support services.
In its Inaugural Year, Cubs For Cancer raised over $51,000 through various fundraising events leading up to game day, where Attack players donned special jerseys designed by a young member of our own community.
Cubs For Cancer will again see the Attack don special jerseys for the game, which will take place on Saturday, November 17th versus the Flint Firebirds.
“The Attack organization is thrilled to once again partner with Canadian Cancer Society for such a wonderful cause,” said Attack Community Relations Coordinator Devon Yakabuski.
“Last year, the Cubs For Cancer event raised more than we ever expected, and this year we want to surpass last. Cancer touches all of us, in one way or another, and it’s the young ones that put up the biggest fight. This is an incredibly worthy cause and one that we are proud to support. We are looking forward to helping the Canadian Cancer Society make an impact on families in the Grey-Bruce area battling this terrible disease,” Yakabuski said.
The event will see similar fundraising efforts as Cubs For Cancer’s Inaugural Year, including the Attack Jersey Design Contest.
Launching today and running until September 10th, young fans will have the opportunity to design the jersey that the Attack players will wear on November 17th against the Firebirds.
Open to children aged 17 and under, the contest winner will receive a pair of tickets to the game, as well as their very own Cubs For Cancer jersey, personalized with their last name and choice of number.
The Attack and Canadian Cancer Society will also provide supporters the opportunity to participate in a head shave or haircut alongside the Attack, in combination with the Celebrity Serve.
Participants will be asked to raise a minimum of $200 in pledges towards the event to be eligible to get their haircut with the players. Donated hair will go toward making wigs for local cancer patients as part of the Society program that offers free wigs to cancer patients in need.
“We are very excited to announce the involvement of the Owen Sound Attack with the Cubs for Cancer event again this year. This is an event that the entire community can take part in,” said Society Community Fundraising Specialist, Allison Taylor.
“We’re happy to offer the local community to be directly involved with this event through both the jersey design contest and the haircuts, plus more events to be announced.”
More information on how to register for a haircut and further details surrounding Cubs For Cancer will be announced at a later date.
Childhood cancer is relatively uncommon. However, it remains the most common disease-related cause of death – more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined. It is second only to injury-related deaths among Canadian children.
Cancer in children creates a large impact on our health, economic and social welfare systems. It also places a burden on the child with cancer and their family. An estimated two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors will have at least one chronic or long-term side effect from their cancer treatment. As more children survive cancer, the need for long-term monitoring and follow-up care will continue to grow.
The Canadian Cancer Society is making progress, with the survival rate increasing to 83% from 66% in 1985. Their researchers have discovered better ways to detect earlier and well as helped find new ways to treat the various cancers children get.