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Posted: 01/16/13

The Romeo varsity ice hockey team's third annual charity game, Sticking It To Cancer, will be played on Friday, Jan. 18 for the benefit of Summer Earl, above, a third grade student at Hevel Elementary School who was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma, an inoperable condition.

(Photo courtesy of Sharon Jenuwine)

Hockey team to reach out with
'Sticking It To Cancer' game, Jan. 18


      The Romeo varsity hockey team will be hosting its 3rd Annual Hockey Charity Game, "Sticking It To Cancer," when it plays the Troy Athens Redhawks on Friday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Ice Macomb.
       Both teams will be participating in the charity as they battle against children's cancer. This year they are donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Summer Earl, an 8-year-old third grade student at Hevel Elementary School.
       In October 2012, Earl was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma and is considered to be inoperable. She has completed a six week course of radiation and is preparing for her next round of treatment.
       This is a very special game for the Bulldogs as the charity game unofficially began in 2010 when yellow ribbons were distributed and the gate fees collected at a hockey game for Stan Babinski (Super Stan), an alumni Bulldog hockey player. Touched by the loss of Babinski, several players requested that the Bulldog hockey team have its own charity game to fight childhood cancer. Josh Seguin, an alumni hockey player and current assistant coach of the Bulldog hockey team, was part of the idea.
       "I thought it would be cool to have a game and help out cancer patients," said Seguin. "A hockey charity game had never been done, only football."
       And so the tradition officially began in 2011 when the Bulldogs hosted the 1st Annual "Fighting Children's Cancer" hockey game and raised $7,000 for St. Baldricks Foundation. A donation was also made to Noah Costa, a student at Hevel Elementary who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
       In 2012, the team again hosted the event and raised more than $2,600 for fellow classmate Drew Pointe who was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. This would also be the year that the Bulldogs would win their first charity game by beating the L'Anse Creuse North Crusaders, 3-2.
       This year the tradition continues and all hockey players from both teams will be skating in honor or memory of a loved one who has battled cancer. The players will be wearing jerseys with their loved one's name on the back. After the game, the jerseys will be presented to the individual or a representative in an "on-ice" ceremony.
       The Bulldogs will also be selling "Sticking It To Cancer" T-shirts honoring Earl, raffle tickets, and more at the game Friday night to generate awareness for Earl's cause. A fund has been established and donations can be made to the "Summer Earl Benefit Fund" at the hockey game or at any Fifth Third Bank.

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