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Plymouth Whalers – Real Men Who Wear Pink Spread Joy to Cancer Patients at Karmanos

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On Tuesday, October 22, players from Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers visited the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center. Whalers’ team members Matt Mistele, Nick Malysa, Danny Vanderwiel, Gianluca Curcuruto, Ryan Hartman and Mitch Jones sported their new pink jerseys and helped brighten the day for patients who were at the Center for treatment, as well as their family members. The players signed autographs, gave away Whalers memorabilia, posed for photos and passed out refreshments that were generously donated by Kroger, another great partner of Karmanos in the fight against breast cancer.

“It’s been a wonderful morning,” said Nanci Burrows, R.N., director of Customer Service for Karmanos. “The Whalers arrived at 10 a.m. and we headed out on rounds. The cheer and smiles that they brought to our patients and their families’ faces was worth a million dollars. They really made a difference with their visit here at Karmanos today.”

The pink jerseys that were donned by players at the hospital will be auctioned off on Saturday, October 26, at the 6th Annual Plymouth Whalers Pink Out Game at Compuware Arena. The Whalers will host the Sarnia Sting and proceeds from the game will benefit breast cancer research at Karmanos Cancer Institute.

In addition to bidding on one of the jerseys up for auction, fans can participate in a 50/50 raffle, a chuck-a-puck contest, as well as purchase pink ribbon pins to show their support of breast cancer survivors or to honor others who have lost their battle with this disease. All proceeds benefit Karmanos’ breast cancer programs.

The Plymouth Whalers organization is a longtime supporter of Karmanos. Since the first Pink Out game in 2008, the team has raised nearly $50,000 for breast cancer research initiatives at Karmanos. Each year, the players and staff come up with new, unique ways to raise funds and share awareness, whether it’s dyeing their hair pink or spreading cheer to patients going through treatment, the team continues to put their hearts into this incredible partnership.

Karmanos Cancer Institute is extremely grateful for the support of the Plymouth Whalers!

For more information about the breast cancer awareness efforts of the Plymouth Whalers and Kroger visit and  For more information about cancer services and ways to get involved, visit  or call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266.)

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