Lung cancer survivors Brian Kissinger, Sally Samuels and Don Stranathan will represent Team Draft at the SAP Center in San Jose, as guests of the San Jose Sharks Right Wing Marty Havlat. The survivors will kickoff a relationship with NHL during their annual Hockey Fights Cancer month, as Team Draft works to bring “A Survivor to Every Rink.”
Team Draft’s goals are to create a unique experience for participating survivors and to raise awareness on a local and national level by using each game and each survivor’s story to weave a broader narrative about the state of lung cancer and the hope that now exists for those battling the disease.
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s US and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign – the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.