In support of Breast Cancer Awareness the Sarnia Sting have teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Society for PINK OUT night at the RBC Centre. Sting players will take the ice for Friday night’s matchup against the Owen Sound Attack, dawning a unique Pink jersey. To kick off the evening a group of local cancer survivors will take the ice for the ceremonial puck drop.
Statistics show that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women. In 2013 alone, it is estimated that 9,300 Ontario women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fundraising Coordinator, Paula McKinlay of the Canadian Cancer Society explains the importance of this type of event. "PINK OUT is a dream come true for the Canadian Cancer Society. To have an organization like the Sarnia Sting designate a game for Breast Cancer is a great way to bring awareness to the most common cancer among Canadian women. The awareness and fundraising the Sarnia Sting are providing during Pink Out will go a long way in the fight against Breast Cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society would like to thank the Sarnia Sting and their fans for their support during PINK OUT, GO PINK STING GO!"
With the assistance of PINK OUT and campaigns alike, today, 88% of Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive, largely due to increased screening rates and better treatments.
When asked about the decision to partner up for this initiative, Sting VP of Sales & Marketing Brian Prout maintains, "We are excited about the opportunity to host this game and support such a great local campaign. So many families today are affected by cancer and we believe it is imperative, as a member of this community, to get involved whenever we can. "
Fundraising includes ticket sales and an online auction for the game-worn Pink Jerseys. The Jersey Auction will open once players take the ice.
Visit http://stingauction.sarnia.com to place your bids.
Donations will also be accepted at the Canadian Cancer Society information table on Game Day. Wear your pink and support Breast Cancer Awareness! First 1000 fans through the door will receive a pink towel courtesy of the Sarnia Sting.