Anaheim, CA. Lung cancer survivors Shelly Nunn and Dee Hunt, along with cancer survivors China Neal and Melinda Avventino will represent Team Draft at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Anaheim holds a special meaning to the Chris Draft Family Foundation (CDFF). CDFF Founder, Chris Draft, grew up in Anaheim, California and attended Valencia High School in Placentia, CA.
The game will be a continuance of Team Draft’s “A Survivor at Every Rink” initiative, fueled by a relationship with NHL during their annual Hockey Fights Cancer month.
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.
Thank you NHL, Anaheim Ducks, the University of Irvine Chao Cancer Center, St. Joseph’s Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, and Kaiser Orange County making this experience possible.
About Hockey Fights Cancer:
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.
The Hockey Fights Cancer program is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America.