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I Hate Cancer Night

PEKIN DRAGONS VS SUBURBAN OUTLAWS

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

7:15 PM

PEKIN ARENA

 


 

The Pekin Dragons Hockey Club is hosting a charity game to benefit the I Hate Cancer Club and St Jude.  The I hate Cancer Club was founded in 2008 by our team captain AJ Salmon in honor of a family friend who had lost her battle with cancer.  After donating money he had been saving for a WII, AJ tried to think of ways to grow a campaign. He was focused on kids helping kids, and he turned to the area schools for help.  In the last ten years, AJ has traveled to local schools to speak to kids to get them excited about raising funds for St. Jude.  He has also had schools and groups in other states participate from Colorado to North Carolina.  All money raised will be donated to the I Hate Cancer Club and St. Jude.  We are selling t-shirt for the event and they will also be your ticket to the game.  Thanks for your supporting us as we raise money for this very worthy cause.

I hate Cancer Shirt Front

ABOUT THE I HATE CANCER CLUB

The I hate Cancer Club was founded in 2008 by  AJ Salmon in honor of a family friend, Lexi Wendel,  who had lost her battle with cancer.  After donating money he had been saving for a WII, AJ tried to think of ways to grow a campaign. He was focused on kids helping kids, and he turned to the area schools for help.

In the last ten years, AJ has traveled to local schools to speak to kids to get them excited about raising funds for St. Jude.  He has also had schools and groups in other states participate from Colorado to North Carolina! When vising schools, he tries to get kids excited to raise funds for St. Jude, but he also tries to convey three other messages.

1. Hate is strong word. He challenges kids to abolish that word from their everyday vocabulary and only use it when speaking about something they really and truly wished did not exist….like cancer.  We HATE cancer.

2. No act of kindness is ever too small. You never know what someone else is going through.  Something as simple as saying hello, holding a door and letting someone else go first, or even picking up a pencil that someone dropped could be just the small act of kindness that turns that person’s bad day around. Kindness is contagious, and AJ challenges the schools to transform their hallways and classrooms into areas of complete and total kindness.

3. Kids can make a difference. No matter how big or how small you are, what YOU do matters.  Sometimes kids  think they are too little to contribute to society. They don’t have jobs or millions of dollars, so they often think what they do have to contribute is not enough. AJ tries to get them to see that every little bit helps.  Giving a little and working together with our friends can have a huge impact! You may think a quarter is too little to donate, but guess what? That’s 25 more cents than St. Jude had yesterday!  Get together with three of your friends, and that’s already a whole dollar! Every little bit helps. Every little matters. Every little kid can make a difference!
 

 

The I Hate Cancer Club has been incredibly blessed by our local and surrounding communities over the years. These little kids (some as small as preschoolers!) bringing in their piggy banks and giving with their whole hearts is about the sweetest thing you’ll ever see!  We are so excited to about the first ever I Hate Cancer hockey game! It’s a great opportunity to bring together folks who love the game but hate cancer!!

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