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Wings give to families fighting cancer

Team's foundation has contributed more than $66,000

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 10:02 AM / Press Release
By Anne Hayes  - DRW Foundation Director
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Wings give to families fighting cancer
The DeMaggio family were one of the 20 grant recipients from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Tyler sports his new goalie equipment, courtesy of Vaughn Custom Sports.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Foundation announced today that it awarded grants totaling $66,732 to 20 families affected by breast cancer. Families that had a household member receiving treatment for breast cancer could apply for financial assistance to help pay for everyday living expenses such as rent, utility bills and groceries.
 
“I’m so thankful for the help from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation,” said grant recipient Carri DeMaggio. “I’m not able to work so keeping up on expenses not covered by insurance like transportation and medical co-pays really add up. With a younger family like mine, as they grow up it’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet.”
 
In addition to the grants, three local businesses provided in-kind support to families. American Temperature Service, Inc. in Novi donated and installed a brand new furnace and air conditioner valued at $2,800. Vaughn Custom Sports in Lake Orion donated a full set of goalie pads valued at $500 and Perani’s Hockey World in Livonia donated a hockey stick valued at $250. 
 
The Red Wings Foundation announced the grant program back in October as part of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
 
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation invests in the future of our community by providing funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.
 
Hockey Fights Cancer™is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League® and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer™ is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer™ has raised more than $11 million. Hockey Fights Cancer™is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice™, the National Hockey League’s® and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.

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