The W.C. Miller Collegiate Aces are hosting a hockey fights cancer fundraising evening during Friday’s game against the Morris Mavericks at the Millennium Exhibition Centre in Altona.
Grade 12 student Kinzie Friesen is one of the students helping organize events at the game in support of South Central Cancer Resource (SCCR).
"I feel like everyone is affected by cancer in some way, like they know someone or have heard of someone," said Friesen. "I just really wanted to help raise awareness, and help others to know about it, and support people who are being affected by it."
Sweet treats made by Kinzie, and fellow student Evian Wiebe as well as other Culinary program students, will be available for $2. Also, the 50/50 that night will also go to SCCR.
Also helping organize the fundraiser is Admin Assistant Benita Bage, who is a cancer survivor.
"I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2017, and went through numerous chemo and radiation treatments," she shared "When I went through treatments, one of the first things I realized was the financial burdens that come with dealing with cancer. I heard about South Central Cancer Resource through word of mouth, and when I was going through treatments, one of the biggest hurdles that was the first to show up was a financial burden."
SCCR offers a variety of supports for those going through a cancer journey including transportation and accommodation assistance, wigs and head coverings, radon awareness and testing and wellness programs.
"They've been a huge blessing to myself, and to many others in the area," noted Bage. "SCCR is a very unique organization that we have here in southern Manitoba that no one else in the province has, and they don't receive any government funding, and rely solely on donations."
Puck drop is 8pm Friday night for the Aces Hockey Fights Cancer game. This will be only the second home game of the season for W.C. Miller Collegiate, and the first in nearly a month.
So, you add that to the fundraiser for South Central Cancer Resource, and we hope to see you there.
You can listen to CFAM Radio 950 Morning Show Co-Host Chris Sumner's conversation with Kinzie and Benita, below.
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