Fargo Athletics Stick It To Cancer

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Area athletes duke it out on the ice as they “stick it to cancer”.

Hometown hockey rivals Fargo North, South, Davies and Shanley battle it out at Scheels Arena.

Some of the city’s best high school hockey players laced up their skates to help families battling cancer.

DMF’s Lend–A–Hand program has benefited numerous local families.

Gabby Nelson, who lost her father to cancer, was chosen to drop the first puck.

Nelson says, “I found out the day before Christmas I do believe which was pretty exciting. It’s an honor to do it. Just to represent my dad. It meant a lot.”

Her father passed away from cancer early December but when it came to his treatments Lend–a–hand program helped pay for it.

She says, “It’s paid for all my dad’s medical bills…which we’re still pay of now. Just how much it’s helped us is crazy.”

The funds raised at this event through admission fees, silent auction items and raffles will be donated to the Lend–A–Hand program.

Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Klein says, “The money that we raise tonight will be all matched dollar–for–dollar by the Dakota Medical Foundation and that full donation will be given to Lend–A–Hand so they can help additional families in need.”

The fundraiser is hoping to skate past last year’s amount.

Klein adds, “Every year we try to up our game a little bit. The last time we raised a little over $12,000 dollars and we’re hoping to beat that this night.

Those who have seen the funds used first hand encourage everyone to donate one way or another.

Nelson says, “It’s a great experience for the girls and for everyone to come out here and support cancer. It’s a big deal. People are dying from it every day.”

Online tax–deductible donations can also be made here: http://www.dakmed.org/lendahand. (Click Donate and enter your gift to the Stick It To Cancer Fund.)