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Huskies in the Community highlights all the good work Huskie athletes are doing in our community. Huskie student-athletes are committed to doing their part by volunteering and fundraising throughout the season for a number of worthwhile organizations and causes in Saskatoon and surrounding area.
Grow the Flow
Five members of the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s hockey team have paired with the Canadian Cancer Society and Andrew Bell, a young cancer survivor, to raise money and awareness for cancer in support services in Saskatchewan.
Zak Stebner and four of his teammates, Cody Smuk, Craig McCallum, Kyle Aschim and Matthew Delahey, motivated by Andrew’s courage, are growing their hair to donate at the end of the season.
Andrew will become part of the team and be with the Huskies every step of the way in the run to the 2013 CIS PotashCorp University Cup Presented by Co-op hosted in Saskatoon March 14-17. The Huskies’ goal is to fundraise $1,000 for each head of hair to be chopped for cancer. As with every donation made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Saskatchewan based events, 94 cents from every dollar raised by this campaign will stay in the province.
“This is a great opportunity for us, as role models, to give back to the community,” said Stebner, a second year defenceman. “We all remember what it was like to be a kid, and can’t imagine anyone having to go through what Andrew did. We hope we can put our status as Huskie athletes to good use by bringing attention and money to benefit cancer research in Saskatchewan.”
Andrew was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was four. This type of cancer attacks immature cells in the sympathetic nervous system, which aids in the control of most of the body’s internal organs. After seven rounds of chemo, a surgery to remove the tumor, radiation and a stem cell transplant in Calgary, Andrew has made a full recovery. He is ready to share his love of hockey and story with Saskatchewan.
This is not the first time Huskie athletes have teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society. Since 2007, Huskie athletes have raised over $65,000 for various cancer agencies including the Canadian Cancer Society through the Play For A Cure campaign.