Wildcats stick it to cancer
Last weekend’s hockey game between the Dodge County Wildcats and Amery Wildcats featured two teams from opposite sides of the Mississippi River, but even supposed enemies can come together to support a greater cause.
That’s exactly what happened as together they raised over $5,000 for cancer research at Dodge County’s eighth annual Stick it to Cancer game.
Head Coach Nick Worden said the Wildcats will present a check to the Eagles Cancer Telethon on Saturday, Jan. 18.
While he doesn’t know the exact reason the Stick it to Cancer game originated, he said, “I think it’s trying to find a way to give back and I think cancer is something that has affected a lot of people in every community and certainly ours too. I think it was a fun way to give back and raise some money.”
He explained that one way the Dodge County boys’ hockey community raises money by every family on the team makes a basket with a different theme for a silent auction.
A couple other ways they raise money, Worden said, is through a hockey stick that they set out for free will donations and the purchase of luminaria bags.
“They decorate that bag with remembering family members or loved ones that were affected by cancer. They put a candle in it and we line the whole rink with those bags before the game,” he said.
He added that a program is also held between the junior varsity (JV) and varsity games.
“Both teams get out on the ice, JV and varsity, so you have somewhere close to 80 players on the ice and then we kind of create a ribbon on the ice. Then, they shut the lights off and we do a little bit of a program to talk about what the day means,” he said. “We usually try to have a little bit of a tidbit on one or two people who close to our team or close to the opponent’s team that have been affected by cancer. Last year, it was one of the boys’ mother, and one of coaches’ wife, who was battling cancer so it’s a good way to remember and provide support for those people.”
Thanks to the Dodge County and Amery hockey communities’ generosity the over $5,000 that they raised will enable cancer researchers to provide even more support, and hopefully one day a cure, to those who have been affected by cancer.