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Pink Ice Night to benefit Tri-Cities cancer patients

In honor of National Cancer Awareness Month, the Tri-City Americans are offering hockey fans a chance to take home specially themed, game-worn jerseys while helping raise funds for local cancer research.

On Feb. 24, the Americans will host the annual Fred Meyer “Pink Ice” Night, squaring off against the Regina Pats in a Western Hockey League showdown with a 6:05 p.m. start.

To commemorate the night, the Toyota Center ice will be painted pink. In addition to the jersey auction, other fundraising opportunities will be available.

Contributions will benefit the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation, which offers payment for a variety of expenses that aren’t covered by medical insurance, including gas or transportation services, respite care at home or in a healthcare setting, medical supplies or equipment, childcare, lodging or food during treatment, and more, as well as cancer screenings.  

The foundation has expanded from its Florida origins to 18 states, with more than 8,000 patients supported through its programs over the past 16 years and more than $1 million in financial assistance provided. 

That includes the Tri-Cities, where Partners in Care will host its annual charitable 5K run and 2-mile walk to benefit local head and neck cancer patients on April 14, along the Riverfront Trail at Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland.

“Our Tri-City supporters are among the most dedicated around,” said Kathy Tolentino, executive director of the Partners in Care Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner with the Tri-City Americans for a fun night of hockey that will also raise public awareness while helping local cancer patients in need better focus on their healing journeys.”

For more information on Partners in Care, including details on how to register or sign up as a sponsor of the upcoming Richland race, visit Partners in Care.

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