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A Survivor at Every Rink: Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Lung cancer survivor Joyce Smith and her husband, Kelvin, represented Team Draft at the MTS Centre. The Winnipeg natives watched their hometown Jets take on the visiting Los Angeles Kings. #JetsvsKings #ASurvivoratEveryRink #HockeyFightsCancer

It was wonderful to get the phone call today offering NHL hockey tickets for tomorrow nights game. Kelvin and I had just returned from a doctors appointment and I was feeling a little blue.

Anticipation of tomorrow night’s game and learning about the great work Team Draft is doing cheered me right back up. We can’t wait to go see the Winnipeg Jets play! ~ Joyce Smith

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 Winnipeg Jets, CancerCare Mantioba Foundation, the NHL and our Team Draft supporters for helping make this experience possible.

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