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Hershey Bears Continue the Fight Against Cancer

On Sunday, November 12, the Hershey Bears hockey club hosted Hockey Fights Cancer, a league-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment. Outfitted in special Hockey Fights Cancer warm-ups, the team took to the ice prior to the game in chocolate and lavender, the official color of the month-long effort that represents all cancers and could be seen throughout GIANT Center.

The sublimated jersey featured lavender accents, the Hockey Fights Cancer logo on the shoulders, and Hershey’s secondary Bear Paw logo adorned with a lavender ribbon to show unity and support for those fighting against cancer. Additionally, the jerseys feature an “I Fight For” patch on the front, allowing players to write the name of a loved one impacted by cancer they will honor when they took the ice.

The Bears hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and both teams stood on the ice holding 'I Fight For' signs during a 'Moment of Fight' just before the game started. Fans also held signs with names of survivors, those currently fighting cancer, or in remembrance of those lost. Although the Bears fell to the Phantoms, 4-1, the real win was raising needed funds in the fight against cancer. Following the game, the warm-up jerseys were auctioned with a portion of the proceeds going to Feel Your Boobies and Penn State Cancer Institute. The annual game is part of the club’s Hershey Bears Cares community initiative.

During the game, those in attendance, and thousands more watching the televised broadcast of the game on WPMT 43.2, learned about Bears forward Garrett Roe’s mother Julie and her battle with cancer. Julie Roe passed away this past summer, and Roe is wearing the number 65 on his jersey (in recognition of her birthday, June 5) as a tribute to her.

Our team continued to spread smiles on and off the ice when five players visited patients and their families at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Infusion Clinic for some fun and games - including a very competitive game of Pictionary! - on November 9, 2023. 

About Hockey Fights Cancer: Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer – a joint initiative by the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) – has resulted in donations of more than $30 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities, and local charities. Hockey Fights Cancer is also a program of both the National Hockey League Foundation (in the U.S.) and NHL Foundation (in Canada). Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer, represents all cancers and will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.

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