Hockey Tourney Raises Over $280K for Cancer Research

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The organizer of Play for a Cure Pro-Am Hockey tournament is thanking the community.

Jeff Casey says his inaugural event raised $284,936.33, for cancer research.

The event took place in March featuring 150 players and 18 NHL alumni.

Casey, who is a cancer survivor, says the main goal of the event was to raise awareness.

"This was an incredible amount that we were able to raise and what it shows to me is the awesome amount of commitment and desire to attack cancer and support cancer research in our community," says Casey.   

The fundraising goal had been $100,000.

"To throw off an event, in the first time and you blow your goal out of the water like that, again it just shows me how much the community cares about cancer research and really working towards finding a cure and taking care of our patients," he says.

Casey says the money raised will stay in Windsor-Essex and will support the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund, a new fund hosted by the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.

The second annual event will take place in March 26 & 27, 2020 at the Vollmer Centre and Caesars Windsor which will support the cancer research incentive fund (a partnership with the university) and the Cancer Research Care Grant.