Columbus Blue Jackets and OhioHealth in the Fight Against Cancer
The Columbus Blue Jackets, in partnership with OhioHealth, took to the ice at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 16 to join the NHL's league-wide initiative, Hockey Fights Cancer. This initiative brought together the hockey community in support of adult and pediatric cancer patients to raise funds and awareness for organizations dedicated to cancer care.
The game against the Arizona Coyotes was not just about the competition on the ice but about creating a memorable experience for the fans. The first 10,000 fans through the doors were greeted with a Johnny Gaudreau bobblehead. Before the game, fans were able to honor their loved ones by filling out lavender battle cards to recognize the names of individuals in the fight against cancer and pin a small ribbon on a larger OhioHealth cancer ribbon.
During the game, Praveen Dubey, MD, OhioHealth Vice President of Cancer Care, participated in an interview on the Blue Jackets Radio Network highlighting OhioHealth's new cancer center openings throughout 2023. Vijay Kudithipudi, MD, a radiation oncologist at OhioHealth was live on the scoreboard for an interview with Blue Jackets in-arena host, Mike Todd.
“Cancer is never part of anyone’s plan,” said Dr. Kudithipudi, “Through that journey, we just want to make sure that people are continuing to live their life and enjoying their milestones."
Fans were given “Keep Making Plans” bracelets at their seats as a part of OhioHealth's campaign, serving as a reminder of the importance of maintaining goals despite a cancer diagnosis.
To learn more about OhioHealth's cancer care, click here.
The Blue Jackets will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Tickets are available at www.BlueJackets.com.
About Hockey Fights Cancer™
Founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families with the goal of raising money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. The initiative gets an assist from players, coaches, officials, equipment managers, front office staff, corporate partners, and fans. Together, the hockey family looks to inspire hope and courage for those who are living with, going through, and moving past cancer. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer, represents all cancers and will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.