STICK IT TO CANCER
For several years, the Dodge County boys hockey team has done its part in the battle to help support the fight against cancer. On Dec. 8, the Wildcats gathered the community during their game with Becker-Big Lake for the team’s annual Stick It To Cancer event, which raises funds for the Eagles Cancer Telethon.
“Stick It to Cancer is something that we look forward to every year,” Dodge County head coach Nick Worden said. “Our team parents work so hard to pull this event off and it’s fun to watch something like this bring out people from our Wildcat communities.”
The event had plenty of festivities to help raise money for the telethon, which included a candlelight vigil to support those battling cancer and those who have been lost to the disease. With luminaries with messages of support and memories of loved ones written on the outside of the bags, it created a powerful scene which has become a tradition for the program.
“The on-ice ceremony is a pretty emotional time,” Worden said about being on the ice at that moment. “You represent so many families, friends and loved ones that have been affected by cancer. It becomes a moment when you get to all stand together for something much bigger than yourself. It’s a great experience.”
Worden took the afternoon to send a special message to his team as well, calling on a high school friend that had battled cancer back in 1999. The message went to heart for the Wildcats as they picked up a 4-4 tie with Becker-Big Lake, but the lesson learned off the ice will stick with them forever.
“I think it’s important for young people to hear others testimonies about their cancer journey,” Worden explained. “It gives a real appreciation of life and lets you give it your best each day.”
In addition to the vigil, the Wildcats put on a raffle, a silent auction and sold t-shirts and bracelets along with a giant hockey stick that was stuffed with cash donations by the end of the varsity game. Everything together produced another successful afternoon in the fight against cancer.
“All of our Wildcat communities have shown great support for this event over the years,” Worden said. “We are grateful to be able to partner with them.”