Uniting the hockey community to support people living with cancer

14 November 2018

Hockey Fights CancerWhen Robert Jones was diagnosed with tongue cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society Wheels of Hope transportation program was there to offer support when he needed it most.

For 6 weeks, Robert had to be at the hospital almost every day for chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Wheels of Hope offered him not only a return trip from his home to the hospital each day, but the friendly support and kindness that Robert needed.

“I was incapable of driving myself and my wife was unable to bring me. Having rides through the Wheels of Hope program had an extremely positive impact on me by removing a significant worry for my wife and I at a time when we were facing so many other concerns,” says Robert.

To continue to fund essential services like transportation, support and lodge accommodation for the 1 in 2 Canadians who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has partnered with the NHL and NHLPA on their Hockey Fights CancerTM program.

The Hockey Fights CancerTM campaign rallies players, coaches and fans to help people with cancer and their families through awareness and fundraising efforts in both Canada and the U.S. Funds raised will be invested in programs and services that support a better quality of life for people living with cancer, their caregivers and families.

Robert’s experience shows that, just like in hockey, Canadians living with cancer need support from a team.

“It was so nice to have the opportunity to connect with the volunteer drivers before and after my treatments. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to and having a listening ear goes a long way,” says Robert.

Join the Hockey Fights CancerTM cause and together we can help Canadians affected by cancer feel support from their team. Donate or register to host your own Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser at cancer.ca/hockeyfightscancer.