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NHL, Detroit Red Wings Rally Fans to Support Breast Cancer

Detroit Red Wings Advisor for Hockey Operations Chris Chelios, and his wife Tracee, joined Nick Karmanos, senior vice president, Institutional Relations to Karmanos, during the special Detroit Red Wing Breast Cancer banner presentation at Karmanos' Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills.

The Detroit Red Wings will donate $10,000 to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's Weisberg Treatment Center for breast cancer services thanks to the fifth annual Detroit Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Night, held Oct. 21, and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Detroit Red Wings Hockey Fight's Cancer grant. This includes $7,500 raised as a result of various fundraising activities involving Detroit Red Wings fans, as well as the grant of $2,500 which will be used to purchase equipment for the Mammotome biopsy system -- an ultrasound guided minimally invasive procedure for breast cancer detection that is a safe outpatient procedure with less pain, physical and emotional discomfort for the patient.

This year's Detroit Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game, was attended by Sharon Helmer, M.D., director of Karmanos’ Breast Imaging, along with several of Karmanos’ breast cancer patients who were suite guests of Bekki Nill, breast cancer survivor and wife of Detroit Red Wings Vice President and General Manager, Jim Nill. Detroit Red Wing fans were able to participate in several fundraising activities including a puck draw, the sale of Red Wing pink winter knit hats and a silent auction with unique items. Some of the silent auction items included autographed game-used memorabilia, a framed 2011-12 team-signed Red Wings jersey, autographed game-used Nick Lidstrom skates and gloves, and autographed Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions memorabilia. A special on ice check presentation also took place Oct. 28 with Jordan Maier, M.D., medical director of Karmanos' Weisberg Treatment Center.

On hand for the Detroit Red Wing presentation were (from left) Sharon Helmer, M.D.; Bekki Nill; Nick Karmanos; breast cancer survivors Dena Norrod, Meghan Malley and Kristin Lovejoy; Kathleen Hardy, oncology social worker; and Chris Chelios.

Chris Chelios, advisor, Detroit Red Wings Hockey Operations, along with Bekki Nill, made a special visit to Karmanos recently to present a Detroit Red Wings banner honoring breast cancer survivors. The banner was signed by all the players and hundreds of fans who attended the Detroit Red Wings Breast Cancer Awareness Night game. The banner hangs at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center and is a welcome site showing the NHL's and Detroit Red Wings’ support of cancer patients.

"We're very grateful to the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans for their efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and support those fighting this disease," said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president, Institutional Relations, Karmanos Cancer Institute. "The Detroit Red Wings’ commitment to caring not only helps raise critical funds for breast cancer prevention but also engages our community to be actively involved in the process, enhancing breast cancer awareness which helps save lives."

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