Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Vancouver 2012 attracts 1000 players and cancer fighters
14 October 2012
The dawn-to-dusk road hockey marathon – one of four in the country – supports the Canadian Cancer Society in its mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Since the event’s inception in Toronto last year, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer has raised approximately $5-million for cancer programs and research.
“This is a uniquely Canadian event that unites us against a global adversary: cancer,” says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “We are thrilled to see so many people join us here today and everyday in our broader fight for life.”
To participate in the event, each team had a goal of raising $10,000 before December 31, 2012. Teams of eight to 12 people played in a total of five games over the course of the day. Each game lasted 35-minutes and was refereed by a volunteer from a local hockey league.
“Hockey brings communities together and today’s Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer was no exception,” says Dave Newson, Manager, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. “We can all be proud of the hard work and perseverance shown by the hundreds of players who participated to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
At the opening ceremonies, the top fundraising team and top fundraising players were acknowledged. The top fundraising team, Team Christine, raised $42,320 in honour of Christine Etherington. Etherington was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2012 when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Her son, Caden, was born in May and she has been undergoing cancer treatment ever since. The top fundraising players were from Team Christine. Mike and Bruce Etherington raised $15,475.
“I’m so impressed by the fundraising efforts by Team Christine and all of the other participants,” says Christine Etherington. “It’s events like this that remind us that we are all touched by cancer in one way or another. That is why it’s so important that we keep moving forward and work together to beat this disease.”
A number of celebrities were involved in the event including Cliff Ronning (Former Canucks Forward), Don Taylor (Team 1040 Host), Dan Mangan (Canadian Indie Folk-Rock Artist) and Lui Passaglia (Canadian Football Hall of Famer). A full list of participating celebrities can be found at www.rhccdraft.ca.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.