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A Survivor at Every Rink: Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo, NY. Roswell Park lung cancer survivor Sharon McCann represented Team Draft at the First Niagara Center. Sharon watched the Buffalo Sabres defeat the visiting Arizona Coyotes. #HockeyFightsLungCancer #ASurvivoratEveryRink #ONEBuffalo

Sharon McCann took care of herself and never smoked a cigarette, so she was shocked in 2009 when an X-ray detected lung cancer. She went through two lengthy rounds of chemotherapy, and each time the tumors roared back. Her future looked grim.

That is until doctors at Roswell Park Cancer Institute made McCann a “personalized medicine” guinea pig.

Today, McCann’s cancer is manageable – six years after a diagnosis that kills most patients within five years.

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Given the overwhelming success of our Survivor at Every Stadium initiative, in 2012, we expanded it beyond the gridiron to the ice through our Survivor at Every Rink initiative. As part of Team Draft’s National Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer, this celebration of survivorship raises awareness, gives hope to those battling the disease and shines a light on the important work being done at cancer research and treatment centers across North America.

Through our Survivor at Every Rink initiative, we are working with all NHL teams to have a lung cancer survivor attend one of the team’s home games as a part of their national initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer!

Team Draft’s goals are to create a unique experience for participating survivors and to raise awareness on a local, national, and international level by using each game and each survivor’s story to weave a broader narrative about the state of cancer and the hope that now exists for those battling the disease.

Special thanks to the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and our Team Draft supporters for helping make this experience possible.

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