Players "go pink" as they raise awareness and funds for breast cancer
TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - The Toronto Maple Leafs have designated
Tuesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks "Pink Ribbon Night," as part of the
team's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. The Leafs players along with their wives
and girlfriends (Lady Leafs) will team up with the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation (CBCF) to raise awareness about the disease that touches the lives
of tens of thousands of Canadians each year.
A pink ribbon theme will be incorporated throughout the night. Lady Leafs
and CBCF volunteers will distribute pink ribbons and collect donations from
fans attending the game starting at 6:15 p.m. at Air Canada Centre's Gate 1.
Leafs players will auction their game-used hockey sticks, while Hockey
Fights Cancer ties worn by Leafs coaches and Leafs TV personalities will also
Leafs player Matt Stajan and his fiancée Katie Fairbrother will serve as
special ambassadors for the evening.
"As a team, we get a lot of attention. We want to use this attention to
raise awareness about a cause that affects millions of women, men and their
families each year," said Stajan. "The Leafs are committed to playing a role
in the fight against breast cancer and to support finding a cure."
Leafs fans can get involved and support this off-ice battle by bidding on
one of many auction items at www.mapleleafs.com. In addition to the game-used
hockey sticks and the Hockey Fights Cancer ties, other auction items will
include team autographed pink jerseys and an opportunity to have Matt Stajan
appear at your minor hockey practice. This special auction began Saturday,
October 18 at 7 p.m. and ends Monday, October 27 at 7 p.m.
Money raised from the Leafs' Pink Ribbon Night and the auction benefits
the CBCF to support research, education and awareness programs.
"The Leafs' Pink Ribbon Night is a power forward ally that doesn't settle
for second place when it comes to helping the thousands of Canadians affected
by breast cancer," said Sharon Wood, CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -
Ontario Region. "The full strength support we receive from Leafs Nation
enables us to fund high impact, innovative research that is making a
difference right now. With a team like this on our side, we know that together
we will reach our goal of creating a future without breast cancer. Go Leafs
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national
volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast
cancer. The Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for
relevant and innovative research, meaningful education and awareness programs,
early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for
those living with breast cancer. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org.
A portion of the proceeds from all pink themed Maple Leafs product sold
at CentreSports, the Leafs official store at Air Canada Centre, on Tuesday
will go to support breast cancer research.
Pink Ribbon Night is an initiative of the Maple Leafs and their
dedication to being community leaders. The Maple Leafs host the Anaheim Ducks
on Tuesday, October 21 at Air Canada Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.
Media: Please be advised that the Lady Leafs and the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation spokesperson will be available for interview and photo
opportunities at Tuesday evening's event. Media availability will begin at
6:15 p.m. at Air Canada Centre's Gate 1. Media without a Leafs season
credential, should call ahead to RSVP.
For further information:
For further information: Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment Ltd., (416) 815-5790; Liz Worth, Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation, (416) 815-1313