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CUBS FOR CANCER GAME RAISES $40,000 FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

The Owen Sound Attack in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, Bluewater Office are proud to announce the 2018 Cubs for Cancer event has raised over $40,000 in support of childhood cancer.

The event, which took place primarily on Saturday, November 17th at the game vs. Flint Firebirds saw thousands of hockey fans from the surrounding area support the well-deserving cause.

Baywest Nissan KIDZ Foundation hosted a Tickets for Test Drives event in September, and was proud to present a cheque to the Canadian Cancer Society in the amount of $7500 on Cubs for Cancer night, at centre ice.

“I’m incredibly pleased by the support of the community in Owen Sound, and how our fans came together for such a wonderful cause.  We really couldn’t make this event as successful as it was without this community,” says Attack Community Relations Coordinator, Devon Yakabuski, of the Cubs For Cancer success.

On November 8th, the Attack and CCS Bluewater hosted a head shave and ponytail cut event, where 5 Attack players and over 15 participants collected donations to support the cause.  The Attack players shaved their heads alongside community members who had raised funds for the event, showing their support for those undergoing cancer treatments.  All ponytails that were cut will be made into wigs for local cancer patients.

On Saturday, November 17th, the Attack hosted the Flint Firebirds for the Cubs for Cancer game, where the players wore a special themed jersey designed by 8-year-old Finn Hurley-Johnston.  The event began with a ceremonial face off, where Baywest Nissan KIDZ Foundation presented their cheque, and Finn Hurley-Johnston along with Jesse Walker dropped the puck.  Jesse, a 14-year old from Owen Sound, is currently undergoing treatment for a medulloblastoma and using the Cancer Society’s services and was the evening’s guest of honour participating in the ceremonial puck drop with Attack Captain Nick Suzuki and Firebirds Assistant Captain Jake Durham.

Many activities were going on throughout the game, including a silent auction table, a puck toss, a bucket pass and t-shirt sales.  The Cancer Society also had their “Pigs For Hope” available to take over the holidays, and raise money for Cancer Transportation Services.

Immediately following the game, the Attack hosted a Live Auction of the special themed game worn jerseys.  Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker was the live auctioneer, getting the fans in the mood to donate their cash.  Fans who were the lucky winning bidders were able to get their game-worn jersey signed and have a photo op with the player.

Since the Canadian Cancer Society, Bluewater Community Office began partnering with the Owen Sound Attack in 2008, more than $330,000 has been raised in support of various cancer programs.

“I’m very happy with the local support shown not only by our great community, Attack players and loyal fans, but also our many sponsors, volunteers and community members who made this event successful for its second year,” says Allison Taylor-Misener, Community Fundraising Specialist from the Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater Office.

The Canadian Cancer Society and Owen Sound Attack would like to thank Baywest Nissan KIDZ Foundation, Barry’s Construction, Chatters Salon, Bayshore Broadcasting, Stow-It Self Storage, and all sponsors, partners and fans who helped contribute to make this event such a success.

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.

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