As a child growing up in Minnesota, I dreamed of playing in the National Hockey League every time I laced up my skates. Amazingly, my dream came true. I am privileged to play for the New York Islanders, and to be a part of the New York community. The Islander organization does an amazing job at community outreach, and I have met a wide range of kids during our school & hospital visits. None have resonated with me more than the children I’ve met who are battling cancer, like the ones at Cohen's Children's Medical Center on Long Island.
I think about the fact that I was able to fulfill my lifelong dream, and I always leave those kids wondering if they’re going to have the chance to realize theirs. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be told that your child has cancer. I’ve met a number of these families during our visits, and as scary as it must be for them, I’m always awed by their strength as they deal with a life-threatening illness. Yet, the toll that cancer takes is enormous- physically, emotionally and financially. And it is with that in mind that I’m asking you to help me support some of these families.
Kan Jam is a game that I’ve played countless times with my family and friends, and I’m thrilled to partner with the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation Fund to raise money to help families of children battling cancer. On Saturday, March 18th, I will be hosting the first Anders Lee Kancer Jam, following our game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Barclays Center. 32 teams will compete with and against my teammates and I in a Kan Jam tournament to see who will be crowned Champions and hoist the Anders Lee Kancer Jam Jammers' Cup.
So grab a friend, start your team, set up your Fundraising page, and come join my Islanders teammates and I for an amazing day of fun, fellowship and fundraising, as we all do our part to help Jam Kancer In The Kan.
To learn more, please visit www.jamkancerinthekan.com