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Plymouth Whalers Continue 'Pink Out!' Tradition of Raising Funds for Karmanos Cancer Institute

The Plymouth Whalers recently dropped the puck in support of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Pictured are, from left to right, Whalers Captain Colin MacDonald, breast cancer survivors Patty DeLaney and Kristi Barry,  Lisa Chism, DNP, nurse practitioner at Karmanos’ Women’s Wellness Clinic, breast cancer survivor Lesa Ivezaj of Lucky’s Hair Company and Sault Ste. Marie Player David Broll 

Sporting pink hair and matching jerseys, the Plymouth Whalers recently took on hockey opponents at home and on the road in support of breast cancer awareness and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The 5th Annual Pink Out! For Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser has evolved into a weeklong event that had the team dying their hair courtesy of Lucky Hair Company in Canton and playing in their pink ‘dos and duds during three hockey games -- two away and one at home.

An October 13 home game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds -- occurring midway through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- capped the team’s weeklong tribute to Karmanos and breast cancer awareness. Lisa Chism, DNP, nurse practitioner in the Women’s Wellness Breast Clinic; and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team at Karmanos dropped the first puck.

“Being on the rink with the Plymouth Whalers was a thrill,” Dr. Chism said. “It was wonderful to see so many people assembled in support of breast cancer awareness and the work that we do here at Karmanos for our breast cancer patients. We truly thank the Whalers and their fans for everything they do to support our mission of one day eradicating breast cancer.”

Karmanos recently opened the Women’s Wellness Clinic at the midtown Detroit location and at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills. The clinic is focused on overall breast health and wellness and offers patients access to highly-trained nurse practitioners who provide additional care and communication between patients and doctors.

The game against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ended in a 3-2 loss for the Whalers in overtime, but it was a win for breast cancer awareness and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Thank you again to the Plymouth Whalers and their fans!



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