Most of you probably know that tomorrow night’s game is designated as another Hockey Fights Cancer Night for the Predators. A portion of all tickets sold will go towards a yearly endowment given to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt by the Nashville Predators organization at the end of each season. This money goes to supporting cancer research and other pediatric programs within the hospital.
During Hockey Fights Cancer nights, the Predators also choose a patient ambassador from the hospital. This patient gets to partake in the ceremonial puck drop at the beginning of the game. Tomorrow night’s ambassador is 17-year-old and hockey fan, Marshall Billingsley. You can read his story here.
The optimism of children with cancer is inspiring. When faced with adversity at such a young age, most childhood cancer patients are determined to not let cancer beat them, even in the midst of multiple rounds of chemotherapy, transfusions, surgeries, etc. With the money raised through nights like Hockey Fights Cancer, every dollar is a step closer to finding cures for cancer and hope for a brighter future for kids like Marshall and the other patient ambassadors that came before him.