The Fargo Force hosted their sixth annual Purple-N-Pucks night, courtesy of State Farm Agent Gail Jordahl, on Saturday, February 18th versus the Madison Capitols at Scheels Arena. The funds raised during the night were donated back to Sanford’s Cancer Survivorship Program.
“We are thrilled about the money that was raised at the 6th annual Purple-N-Pucks on Feb. 18,” said Dr. Shelby Terstriep, Medical Oncologist. “After each event, we get to brainstorm ideas for new services and programs that can be implemented with the funds. The survivorship program aims to make the cancer journey easier for those who are on it and it wouldn’t be possible without donations like this
The annual promotion helped raise just over $16,000 in total through a jersey auction, portions of Purple-N-Pucks merchandise sales, chuck-a-puck contest, and all proceeds from the mystery purple pucks sale. The money raised was a $3,500 increase over last season’s total. Since the promotion began in 2012, over $100,000 has been raised and donated back to Sanford’s Cancer Surivorship Program.
“We are proud to support the Survivorship Program with this annual event,” said Fargo Force President Jon Kram. “Cancer touches a lot of lives and we are happy to be able to help raise some money to give back locally in the community.”
Sanford Cancer’s Survivorship Program brings together cancer patients, family members and caregivers to help address the emotional, physical and financial effects of cancer on patients and their families. They believe from the moment you are diagnosed, you are a survivor. Together with their patients, they embrace life, each other and the future as they find connection, empowerment and education in their journey forward.
“This year, we were grateful to be able to get survivors more involved, by featuring pediatric oncology patients Landon Labine and Jordyn Werk as the “Little Skaters”, and having the ceremonial puck drop by the incredible Vicky Westra,” added Dr. Terstriep. “Being a part of this event has been a wonderful experience and we hope this partnership continues for years to come!”
With the Purple-N-Pucks donation, the Fargo Force has donated $57,000 back this season to local Fargo-Moorhead organizations. The other fundraising nights were Hometown Heroes in January and Cully’s Kids night in December.