Many alumni of the West Shore Community Ice Arena hockey programs will skate in a benefit hockey game called “Drop The Mitts Against Cancer” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.
Keegan Lawler helped organize the fundraiser with proceeds going to the Ludington Optimist Club Childhood Cancer Campaign. Lawler said the campaign has helped his family a lot, as his sister Charity Lawler is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Admission to the event is $7 with cash raffles or various prizes available as well as a 50/50 chuck-a-puck contest. Lawler said for every dollar raised at the event, John and Anita Wilson will match it.
Lawler said the hockey game made a lot of sense.
“That’s just what I know,” he said. “I grew up at the rink. It’s a fun way to fundraise, bring people together and fundraise. It will give them something to gather and show off for a long winter.
Tom and Patricia Ezdebski, who oversee the childhood cancer campaign, were grateful.
“We are grateful to Keegan and all the volunteers who helped make this event possible,” said Tom. “The Childhood Cancer Campaign has been helping the Lawler family since Charity’s diagnosis last November and will continue to be there to provide assistance as needed.
“Events like this help us fulfill our mission to help local families in need. We hope many people will attend this fun event to watch great hockey for a good cause.
Charity Lawler is making progress in her cancer treatments, Keegan said.
“She’s been at DeVos (Grand Rapids Children’s Hospital) since November,” he said. “(She) hangs in there. She’s a little over halfway there.
“At the moment she is recovering from her fourth round of treatments. The recovery phase is an unpleasant moment. This is happening right now. At the end of December, the doctor examined the tumor masses and said that they were decreasing. They have decreased considerably. »
Lawler and his family recruited teammates and friends to participate in the game. He and his brother Connor will be part of Team Courage in lime green, representing the fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 14 other players dress for Team Hope in lavender, representing the fight against cancer.
Lawler said there will be many prizes for the silent auction, including a round of golf for two at Arcadia Bluffs as well as tickets to a Detroit Red Wings game.
A bake sale is also planned. Donations for the bake sale are collected on February 18 and 19. To learn more about donating baked goods for sale, contact Kathy Shafer at (231) 425-6987.