Marist High School’s hockey team recently capped off its fundraising effort for Vs. Cancer, which is part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The athletes raised more than $11,000 for the cause and Marist was the first-ever hockey team to participate in the campaign that challenges athletic teams to step up to fight cancer.
Players and coaches made individual online donation pages and asked family and friends to support them. The team also made a video and supported two juvenile cancer survivors and honored one at their game on January 27. Seven-year-old Timmy O'Connell and his family were welcomed onto the ice by the RedHawks. Players presented Timmy with jerseys. According to team captain Jack Molenhouse ’20 Timmy was “one of the boys” for the night.
Molenhouse said all the players were on-board for the fundraiser and hearing about the kids fighting cancer, including a Marist player’s cousin, took the concept of pediatric cancer from abstract to very real. “It pulled us together as a team,” he said.
According to Vs. Cancer, Marist hockey raised more funds for the foundation than some collegiate programs. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation helps fund child life programs in local hospitals and its lifesaving pediatric brain tumor research has been a resounding success.
The hockey team will celebrate its senior night on Sunday, February 10 at 6 p.m. at Morgan Park Sports Center, 11501 S. Western. They will then head to Nashville to compete in the Big Bear Pond Rockets Tournament starting February 15.