The Washington Capitals organization and fans turned the Verizon Center from red to lavender Saturday night. In the days leading up to the game, the players and their families pulled together to offer support and friendship to the children and families who are or have struggled with cancer.
We understand that it didn’t end with the game as the kids were all invited back to the locker room post game, at the request of the players.
It was moving to see so many children and families file into Verizon for warm ups and then move to their box seats to watch the game with Jill Sorenson from CSN-Mid-Atlantic.
The players were great about interacting with the kids whose names the players had embossed on their jerseys during warm ups. Here is the full gallery of warm up photos in those great lavender jerseys.
The Caps family (all you) had a chance to help raise funds throughout the arena.
There was Ellie’s Hats that was collecting hats for kids battling cancer. The idea is that fun hats can really lift the spirits of children who have lost their hair through the treatment regimen. Click here to find out more and to lend your support.
The Caps were selling special lavender embossed pucks from warm ups for $10 a piece–all for the Hockey Fights Cancer fund.
Caps friends out did themselves. The highest bid went for Backstrom’s jersey at $3,500. By our tally they raised approximately $68,440.
According to the Caps and Handbid the funds raised will “benefit Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.” We encourage you to look into these or other organizations to help beat cancer and support those fighting for their lives. Click here to continue your support through on-line donations.