Gateway Gazette

Help the Beast Stick It To Cancer On April 11

 

Brampton, ON – Help the Brampton Beast Stick it to Cancer with a themed walk, BBQ and hockey game on Saturday, April 11 as the Beast take on the Missouri Mavericks during Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Register as an individual or as a team to raise money to support the fight to end cancer, with all proceeds going to Wellspring Chinguacousy, a cancer support centre located in a residential neighborhood in Brampton. Individual packages include participation in the Stick it to Cancer walk, a themed T-shirt, free pre-game BBQ and admission to the Beast-Mavericks game, and start at just $20 a person until the early bird deadline on April 6.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Brampton Beast and the Stick it to Cancer event,” says Christina Smith, CEO Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation. “We love seeing communities come together in this way to support one another, and particularly when it benefits those most in need. The funds raised during this Fan Appreciation Weekend will help Wellspring Chinguacousy continue providing free supportive care programming and services for those in the Brampton community who are living with cancer.”

Team packages are also available for groups of 10 or more, with team captains receiving a replica Brampton Beast jersey and all teams entered into a final draw to win a suite for the night!

Awards will be given for the biggest fundraiser, best costume, and most team spirit. For more information or to book your team, please contact Stephanie Heller at sheller@bramptonbeast.com, or by calling 905-564-1684.

Event sign-in will begin at 3:00 pm on April 11, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 4:00. The Stick it to Cancer walk will commence at 4:30 with the awards and BBQ starting at 5:00, after which the Beast Pre-game Party (open to the public) will kick-off before puck drop at 7:00 pm. ­

March is colon cancer awareness month, which has becoming the second leading cause of both male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada. In 2014, an estimated 24,400 Canadians were diagnosed with colon cancer, one of the most preventable forms of the disease. If caught early, over 90% of these cases could and should result in a full recovery.

About the ECHL

Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL hasaffiliations with 28 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Brampton Beast

The Brampton Beast was founded in January 2013. The Brampton Beast finished in sixth place and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural year. The team was recognized as the he Community Relations Franchise of the Year in their first year of operation.

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