Former Red Wings and other NHLers to play at cancer research fundraiser

Former NHL players Todd Warriner, Adam Graves, Marty McSorley, John Ogrodnick, Dennis Maruk, Marty Turco and the Detroit Red Wing Alumni team will be part of a hockey tournament to raise $100,000 for local cancer research.

The March 28 and 29 Play for a Cure Pro-Am tournament will include eight teams trying to raise the most money to get the top pick of former NHLers including former Windsor Spitfires Warriner and Graves. Individuals who raise the most money will form a team to play against former Detroit Red Wings in the tournament-ending game.

“You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take,” organizer and cancer survivor Jeff Casey said Monday as he teared up quoting Wayne Gretzky. “This is our shot at finding a cure for cancer.”

Ten years ago Casey was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma the day after his daughter was born. After the press conference at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Monday, he said he wants to give back. The goal is to raise $100,000 for cancer research which will go to the new Cancer Research Collaboration Fund for research being done in Windsor.

“I really want to have an impact and have fewer cancer cases and more cancer survivors.”

Casey became known as super radioactive man and sold t-shirts as a fundraiser for the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre after he stopped all traffic at the Windsor-Detroit tunnel for about 40 minutes. He had received a radioactive test during his treatment and when he attempted to cross the border every gate went down and guards started moving toward him with Geiger counters.

Now he’s planning a much larger fundraiser with three events. It starts with a player-only draft March 28 at Caesars Windsor where the teams that raised the most money will get the best draft picks. Organizers are in discussion with two more former NHL players, Casey said.

The tournament is March 29 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. The top individual players who raise the most money will form a team that will play the Red Wing Alumni that night to end the tournament.

Because of research, sixty per cent of people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or longer, said Dora Cavello-Medved, a University of Windsor biology professor who is in the Windsor Cancer Research Group that started in 2012.

“Sixty per cent is not enough,” she said Monday.

Cavello-Medved said local cancer research means Windsor-Essex patients have better access to the latest treatments and equipment, and research attracts more doctors here.

Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said medical research fits in with plans for the new Windsor-Essex hospital system and is a great way for Windsor to diversify its economy.

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Source: The Windsor Star

Cancer survivor fundraises for research via pro-am hockey tournament

A pro-am hockey tournament is the latest fundraiser for cancer research in Windsor-Essex.

Play for a Cure has started recruiting players and volunteers for the March events, where teams will get to play alongside former NHL players.

“They’re all very good guys that have lots of great stories, they all have big hearts,” said Jeff Casey, cancer survivor and lead organizer.

Top fundraising teams will get their top pick of players during the draft party March 28. Players who have signed onto the event are Adam Graves, Dennis Maruk, Marty McSorley, John Ogrodnick, Marty Turco and Todd Warriner. They’re hoping to have two more NHL alumni join the event.

The goal is to raise a net of $100,000, all of it going to the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund.

Casey recalled the time when he fighting his cancer, which involved six rounds of chemotherapy.

“I went through six rounds of chemo,” he said. “I was diagnosed the day after my daughter was born. It was a crazy time.”

“I really want to make an impact and have fewer cancer cases. More cancer survivors.”

Dora Cavallo-Medved, professor at the University of Windsor, said the new research fund will help support cancer research projects, purchase equipment, train students and more at the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

She said even though there are some local research programs, a bulk of the funding each year comes from national grants.

“It really is millions of dollars, and that has to come in every year,” she said.

She said the group has 25 “heavily-involved cancer researchers,” but the membership expands to 300 once you include health care professionals, students and trainees in the count.

There are some clinical trials in the community that are “serving our patients well,” said Cavallo-Medved.

Casey said they’re about 60 per cent to meeting their fundraising goal.

Right now the teams are recruiting players, who need to commit to fundraising $300 each to join. Each team has the minimum goal of raising $4,200.

The tournament will take place during the day on Friday, March 29. Then that night, the top fundraising individuals will play against the Detroit Red Wing Alumni team.

The tournament and game will be held at the Atlas Tube Centre. The public can purchase tickets to watch the games.

Source: CBC Windsor

Hockey event to raise funds towards local cancer research

A two-day event featuring National Hockey League (NHL) alumni players plans to donate proceeds towards a fund that will support local cancer research.

The Play for a Cure NHL Alumni Pro-Am event will be held over two days on March 28 and 29, 2019, with set goals to raise awareness about local cancer research, and the significance of integrating this research into cancer patient treatment.

Event chair Jeff Casey is a cancer survivor and says it is because of cancer research that he was able to make a recovery.

“I decided to do something fun and unique that will raise the profile of the amazing work being done by researchers in our community,” says Casey.

Play for a Cure will be open to the public, and all proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund hosted at the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation to support collaborative local cancer research. Casey says the aim is to raise $100,000.

“This is a new fund that is going to support cancer research projects, equipment, and community programs that benefit cancer patients,” says Dora Cavallo-Medved, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “And will also provide opportunities for scholarships and training for the next generation of researchers.”

The Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) will be major beneficiary of this fund, which will help support cancer research ongoing at the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital.

“Many of our researchers study all different kinds of cancer,” says Dr. Cavallo-Medved. “Through our clinical trials program, we try to take our findings from the labs and translate this research into helping cancer patients.”

Source: UWindsor Daily News

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Cancer Survivor Behind Hockey Tournament Fundraiser

A local cancer survivor is looking to give back by putting together a hockey tournament to raise funds for cancer research.

Jeff Casey of Snapd Windsor is behind the Play For A Cure pro-am tournament March 28 and 29.

He says there are a number of former NHLers already signed on and a couple of more he’s working on having participate.

So far Marty McSorley, Dennis Maruk, John Ogrodnick, Marty Turco and Todd Warriner have agreed to play.

Casey says this is a first time event he hopes will become an annual.

“We’ve been working on this for about three months kicking all this off.  It’s been a lot of fun though, we’re into a process that’s very big.  As I talked about we’ve got three big events happening with the draft party, with the hockey tournament and the Detroit Red Wing Alumni game”

He is looking to give back after he survived Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“I was diagnosed the day after my daughter was born, like it was a crazy time.  But as soon as I got my mind around what I had to deal with and realized the people around me including everyone in this hospital, I knew I was in a good place”

Casey says the goal is to net $100,000 and he’ll need help.

“We’re also looking for more sponsors of course, we don’t have everything full.  And we’re going to need volunteers, we’re going to need lots of volunteers.  Our participants are going to show up on Thursday night, they’re going to drop off their hockey bag and their stick.  We’re going to take them so that when they show up Friday morning their equipment’s all laid out nicely in their changeroom”

There will be eight teams in the tournament being held at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore.

The team that raises the most funds will get to draft first and choose the pro to lead them.

And the top fundraising individuals will get to play the Red Wings Alumni on the Friday night to end the tournament.

All proceeds go to the newly formed Cancer Research Collaboration Fund.

Source: AM800 News