Hockey 4 Hope: Providing Relief for Cancer Victims, One Goal at a TimePosted: Updated:
For 9 years, Hockey 4 Hope (H4H) has entertained and provided financial relief for families, friends, and anyone who's lives have been touched by cancer.
Saturday, the Annual Hockey 4 Hope Charity Hockey Game exhibited players from across the U.S. sporting the names of someone who has been affected by cancer, in place of the name-tag on their backs. Each team (team orange and team green) represented a form of cancer awareness, orange played for leukemia awareness and green played for liver cancer awareness.
While hockey teams played to eliminate the stress of financial burden (a goal at a time), underneath their skates, names of loved ones could be found written across the ice of the SUNY Broome Ice Center. The names of men, women and children; some gone but not forgotten, and others survivors, were etched into the ice to remind everyone in attendance that cancer still remains faceless. But the fight against it isn't over.
"To watch people come out and paint memories of love, hope, messages geared toward the memory of their lived ones, just pulls at your heart strings," said Jacki Gerchman, Constance Foundation.
When the ice finally settled, it was Team Orange claiming victory today, edging out Team Green, 10-7. And Gerchman said the H4H charity game aimed to collect roughly $30,000 in donations.
Established in 2010, H4H began in honor of Constance "Connie" Glauser who passed away from breast cancer in May of 2006. Keeping her memory alive by providing a unique way to spread joy and happiness through hockey, as well as providing charitable contributions in her name to families suffering from similar outcomes, Connie Glauser lives on in the smiles and cheers of those attending charity events like H4H.
If you would like to donate to H4H and provide financial relief for cancer victims, or possibly become a player in the annual hockey match, visit hockey4hope.com for more information.