Worcester Sharks take a bite out of cancer!
The Sharks are already planning the 3rd annual PINK IN THE RINK event will be held during the 2013-14 season! More information to follow.
Some of the events that have taken place during the first two Pink in the Rink celebrations included:
- The home ice of the Worcester Sharks was dyed pink.
- Game worn pink jerseys were donned by the Worcester Sharks with all proceeds going to The Cup Crusaders.
- The Cup Crusaders sold pink chuck-a-pucks with proceeds going to their cause.
- The Worcester Sharks Booster Club donated the proceeds from their 50/50 raffle to The Cup Crusaders.
- The Cup Crusaders Captain, Kathy Dirusso, dropped the ceremonial first puck prior to the game.
- Cancer survivors wiwere recognized during the game on the ice and throughout the arena.
_ The Cup Crusaders hosted an information booth where everyone was welcomed to learn about the cause, sign up as a walk team member, or paint their hair pink, as well as other fun and exciting activities.
Who are The Cup Crusaders?
They are a local walking team that raises money for the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure®. The 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. Participants commit to raise at least $2300 and spend several months training to prepare for the event. Since it’s inception in 2003, the Komen 3-Day for the Cure has raised over $600 Million. Net proceeds help pay for vital global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 29 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen for the Cure® grant. The Cup Crusaders started in 2005 with the ultimate goal of being instrumental in helping to find a cure for Breast Cancer. Since 2005 the team has raised over $850,000 and hope to break the $1Million mark in 2013 with the help of the Worcester Sharks and our fans!
Breast Cancer Facts:
-Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide
-Nearly 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year.
-More than 458,000 people worldwide die from the disease each year.
-Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds.
-Over the last 25 years, breast cancer incidence rates have risen about 30 percent in westernized countries, although incidence rates decreased in the US from 1999-2006 in part due to lower use of postmenopausal combined hormone use.
-Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO of Komen and Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the U.N.’s World Health Organization, is urging global health officials to include cancer in global health agendas.
-Breast cancer in men is rare but it is estimated there will be 2,140 cases of male breast cancer in 2011 along with 450 male deaths in the United States alone.