"Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer"
Entering its 9th season, the Hockey East Skating Strides program has raised nearly $230,000 for various breast cancer charities. Skating Strides has also given the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey.
Hockey East's "Skating Strides" has been proud to partner with the Friends of Mel Foundation since 2008. In addition to supporting the FOM conference, FOM has distributed funds raised at collegiate hockey games throughout New England. Other organizations who have benefitted from Skating Strides fundraising include, but are not limited to, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine; the Gloria Gemma Foundation in Providence, RI; the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington, VT; Necessity Bags in CT; and the Ellie Fund in MA.
|All proceeds from Skating Strides 2014-2015 to benefit the following breast cancer charities:|
The Maine women's team had the opportunity to meet "Dr. McDreamy", Patrick Dempsey, star of TV's "Grey's Anatomy". A Lewiston, Maine native, Dempsey opened the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, in honor of his mom who is a cancer survivor. Through the Friends of Mel Foundation, a donation of over $8,000 was made to the Dempsey Center in 2013 from that seasons' Skating Strides event in Orono, keeping the money raised in Maine, in the state.