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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 10:37 AM

Throughout the month of October, the New York Islanders are encouraging fans to stand up in the fight against cancer. Today, the club would like to share a recent letter about Cal, a loyal fan who lost his battle with Leukemia last year.


My son Cal, a huge Islander fan, was diagnosed with Leukemia in Sept 2010. Hockey, especially the Islanders, was his passion. He was proud of the team having a Dane playing and followed Frans closely. Cal passed away last year after a 17 month battle at the age of 25. He would be so proud of you guys doing the cancer awareness month. I miss him terribly and now find myself following the Isles as my second fav. I named Cal after the Calgary Flames as I have been following them since the old WHA days in Atlanta. However to keep the memories of him alive I am rooting for the Isles more so now than ever. Thanks for what you do.

PS: enclosed is a pic of Cal in his jersey at an Ottawa/Isles game a couple of years ago, he got out of the hospital for the night to go to the game.

Kevin Jensen

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 2:25 PM

This Saturday, come out and support your New York Islanders as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Hockey Fights Cancer night! Throughout the month of October, the Islanders and NHL have been showing their support in the fight against cancer.

The Islanders will wear special HFC themed jerseys during warmups that will be auctioned off to raise money for the battle against cancer. In addition, the coaching staff and management will wear HFC ties. The players will also show their support by using lavender tape on their sticks. We invite you to wear lavender as well in support of HFC.

This special night will commence with a check presentation to Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology Department. In honor of HFC, the Islanders will welcome four very strong people to drop the puck for Saturday’s game: Thomas Napoli, Carissa Crossan, Cody Byrnes and Luke Lang, who are all battling this terrible disease. All of our special guests will meet several members of the team following the game.

Islander fans, wear that lavender proud and come on out and join the fight against cancer!

BUY TICKETS

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 4:08 PM

Throughout the month of October, the New York Islanders are encouraging fans to stand up in the fight against cancer. Today, the club would like to share a recent letter about a loyal fan who lost his battle with this horrible disease over the offseason.


I am writing about my dear friend from High School and fellow teammate for 25 years, Andre Janiak, who in the beginning of the summer was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon and Liver Cancer. Andre, who was a long time Isles fan, passed away on September 25, just a week before the 2013-2014 season. During his short battle with his illness he found strength while seeing small children fight the same disease. He told his family, "I'm amazed on how strong and positive these little kids are and I can't complain." They were an inspiration to him. Andre was 39 and married to his soul mate Sandra.

In memory to a great brother #19 "DRE LOVER".....I'm going to miss u man, on and off the ice..

-Enzo and the whole Nugget crew




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POSTED ON Friday, 10.18.2013 / 11:41 AM

Throughout October, Newyorkislanders.com will share stories submitted by our fans who have survived cancer. Today we meet Joe, who survived Neuroblastoma, and is now enjoying life as a sophomore at West Islip High School. To submit your own personal survivor story for our blog, e-mail ann.rina@newyorkislanders.com.


At 20 months I was diagnosed with stage 3 Neuroblastoma. I had surgery, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and radiation treatments. During my hospital stays at CCMC, my favorite parts were the clowns that would visit and the Lorna Doone cookies I was given for snacks. My parents were very appreciative of the nurses who made this time bearable for them. My family and I cannot thank them enough for all the medical and moral support they gave us during this tough time.

At age 14 I am currently a sophomore at West Islip High School. I am a second degree blackbelt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. I have played many instruments and am currently learning piano and percussion. I was a 2013 Relay for Life captain of team Cancerinators.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 9:58 AM

Throughout October, Newyorkislanders.com will share stories submitted by our fans who have survived cancer. Today we meet Stefanie, who survived Hodgkin's Disease and Myelogenous Leukemia, and has been cancer-free for 16 years. To submit your own personal survivor story for our blog, e-mail ann.rina@newyorkislanders.com.


At 11: I was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Disease and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After a year of treatment at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and home tutoring, I resumed school with my same-aged classmates. One year later, when I turned 13 years old, I was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. I underwent more chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and had a Bone Marrow Transplant for which my youngest sister, Danielle, was a perfect match. I was cured and have been cancer-free for 16 years.

At 28: I am currently working on my dissertation, which examines the health behavior choices of childhood cancer survivors. After this, I will have completed my PhD in psychology from Fordham University. This winter celebrates 16 years of good health since my Bone Marrow Transplant. Every time I hear the story of a young person's cancer experience in my research, I am reminded of how fortunate I was to have such a strong and dedicated team of doctors at CCMC; and still do, as a patient of the Survivors Facing Forward Program. Transitioning from "cancer patient" to "cancer survivor" was a long and important process for me, and I've learned to appreciate all the good that comes with this hard-earned title.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 9:58 AM

On Oct. 26, the Islanders will wear special “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys during warm-ups prior to their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Each player’s jersey will be auctioned off, and the fans who win each bid will get two tickets to the Oct. 26 game and will leave Nassau Coliseum with the unique jersey in-hand.

Bid on each jersey today at NHL Auctions. All proceeds from this auction will go to the Islanders Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. But act quickly, as the auction winners will be decided on Oct. 15.

BID NOW

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 9:31 AM

Throughout October, Newyorkislanders.com will share stories submitted by our fans who have survived cancer. Today we meet Katelynn, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma before her first birthday. To submit your own personal survivor story for our blog, e-mail ann.rina@newyorkislanders.com.


At 11 months a mass was found on my carotid artery through a CT-Scan. The next day I was brought to CCMC (Cohen Children’s Medical Center). After much testing and a biopsy, I was diagnosed with Intermediate Neuroblastoma stage 4, days before my first birthday. My parents were devastated and that is where my journey began. I was given a MRI and more tumors were found in my lymph nodes and scans showed additional tumors in my abdomen and chest. I had a meda-port put in my chest and had 2 lymph nodes removed all in one surgery. I was also given 4 sessions of chemo for 3 months.

At age 4 I am a Survivor and have been declared cancer free. I could not have done it without the great team of doctors at CCMC. Dr. Fish is very supportive and has always been very attentive to my family’s concerns about my future. The nursing staff, medical staff and administrative staff have been amazing. With the emotions and ups and downs, they have been extremely kind and helpful, and my family and I feel so blessed to have so many great people in our lives. We will be connected to them and CCMC forever.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.07.2013 / 9:32 AM

Throughout October, Newyorkislanders.com will share stories submitted by our fans who have survived cancer. Today we meet Catherine, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma before she was six months old. To submit your own personal survivor story for our blog, e-mail ann.rina@newyorkislanders.com.


At five months of age I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Although I do not remember much about my treatment, my favorite parts about follow up visits were the nurses and staff in the treatment room and playing with the other kids.

At age 4 I am still close with Dr. Fish and I love seeing him at the Survivors Facing Forward Program. I am in my second year of dance, have performed at two recitals and I love swimming and playing soccer!

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.02.2013 / 12:03 PM

On Oct. 26, the Islanders will wear special “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys during warm-ups prior to their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Each player’s jersey will be auctioned off, and the fans who win each bid will get two tickets to the Oct. 26 game and will leave Nassau Coliseum with the unique jersey in-hand.

Bid on each jersey today at NHL Auctions. All proceeds from this auction will go to the Islanders Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. But act quickly, as the auction winners will be decided on Oct. 15.

BID NOW

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 12:40 PM

As the calendar turns to October and the New York Islanders return to the ice for another exciting season, the organization is once again proud to support hockey’s fight against cancer. The Islanders will bring awareness of local cancer patients, non-profit organizations and hospitals, while helping raise funds to battle this terrible disease.

The Islanders Fight Cancer initiative, now in its 15th season, stands as one of the cornerstones of the team’s official charity, the Islanders Children’s Foundation (ICF). Every year, the team holds fundraisers during games at Nassau Coliseum, on-line and at special fan-centered events throughout the season.

The Islanders Fight Cancer initiative is under way and we are asking our fans to support this cause in their homes, schools and places of work. Throughout October, NewYorkIslanders.com will be sharing stories from those who have had firsthand accounts of this terrible disease. If you have a story you’d like to share from a friend, family member, co-worker or yourself, please send it our way, along with pictures, to Ann.Rina@newyorkislanders.com.

This October the New York Islanders are highlighting the following organizations:

Smiles for Scott: The Smiles For Scott Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to honor the life and memory of Scott Loeb, the son of Debbie and Larry Loeb. Scott passed away in 2005 from medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at the age of 5. The objective of the Foundation is to raise funds to enhance the care and lives of children afflicted with cancer. The Foundation was named in recognition of Scott’s contagious smile.

First Company Pink: First Company Pink is passionately committed to raising funds to support lifesaving breast cancer research. Their focus is to promote wellness and increase public awareness. Their efforts are aligned with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation aimed to fund clinical and transitional research, seeking prevention before a cure is needed.

Greek Children's Fund: Greek Children’s Fund is affiliated with Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Schneider Children's Hospital (SCH) to provide financial assistance towards the daily, non-medical needs of Greek, Cypriot and Greek-American children and their families. One of the primary objectives that GCF has achieved is an endowed program at MSKCC that will secure its services to Greek patients in perpetuity.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen's Medical Center: A truly unique facility, Cohen Children's Medical Center is dedicated exclusively to the care of children and committed to providing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art care in all major clinical areas. Family centered care is the core of their mission. The Cohen Center’s discoveries, advancements and achievements over the years have garnered recognition as one of the nation's preeminent children's hospitals.

John Tavares models the special Hockey Fights Cancer jersey, which the players will don during warmups on Oct. 26. SEE THE BACK

Fans coming to the Oct. 19 contest against the Carolina Hurricanes are encouraged to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

On Oct. 26, Hockey Fights Cancer Night, the New York Islanders will provide a check to Steven and Alexandra Cohen's Medical Center during a pre-game on ice presentation for all of their hard work.

The New York Islanders will be wearing “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys during warm-ups at their Oct. 26 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. From Oct. 1-15, fans can bid to win their favorite player’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” jersey. All proceeds will go to the Islanders Hockey Fights Cancer Initiative. Fans with the highest bids will receive two tickets to attend the Oct. 26 game, where they will pick up their jersey.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Night is scheduled for Oct. 29, when the Islanders take on the cross-town rival New York Rangers. That is the last Islanders game before November, which is designated by the NHL as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout October, a portion of the proceeds from each pink cotton candy sold will go toward the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Also, $1 donation slips will be sold on the Coliseum concourse, and fans who make a donation will have their name on the Islanders Hockey Fights Cancer Wall.

We as a Long Island community can come together and do our best to stop cancer in its tracks.

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