Yale Hockey Announces Special Plans for Cancer Fundraiser

Mandi Schwartz in her Pink at the Rink jersey. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

UPDATE: FOR THE LATEST ON MANDI SCHWARTZ, VISIT http://www.yalebulldogs.com/mandi/index

Feb. 11, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - This weekend marks the annual ECAC Hockey "Pink at the Rink" cancer fundraiser at Ingalls Rink, and there will be a special component for the Yale women's ice hockey team. The Bulldogs will pay tribute to one of their teammates, junior forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.), who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Special Yale Hockey t-shirts with Schwartz' uniform number, 17, will be on sale at both games to raise funds.

Schwartz was diagnosed with leukemia in December at the age of 20. At the time, her streak of 73 straight games played was the longest on the team. She has returned home to Saskatchewan for treatment but remains in touch with the team on a regular basis. Her teammates helped set up a website on CaringBridge, where she provides regular updates on her progress and can receive messages of support. The Bulldogs are also showing their support by wearing special bracelets, leaving a space for her when they line up for pregame introductions, wearing stickers with her uniform number on their helmets and in numerous other ways.

This weekend will mark the first time that the general public has a chance to show its support for Schwartz. The special t-shirts will be on sale at Ingalls Rink during Yale's games vs. RPI (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Union (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.). There will be no admission charge at either game. Fans are encouraged to make donations.

Those fans who are not able to make the games but would still like to show their support for Schwartz are encouraged to make donations by sending checks made out to "Yale University" to Jennifer O'Neil, Yale Athletics, PO Box 208216, New Haven, CT 06520. Fans who make a minimum donation of $15 U.S. dollars can also request one of the special "17" t-shirts by including their t-shirt size (price includes shipping and handling).

This weekend will also mark the second year of "Pink at the Rink", an annual collaboration between ECAC Hockey and the American Cancer Society. This year, the program will also benefit Hockey Coaches Care, which helps members of the amateur hockey community in times of need.

Yale's helmets bear a "17" sticker on the lower right in Mandi Schwartz' honor. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The main feature of this year's "Pink at the Rink" program for ECAC Hockey women's teams is the on-line auction of the pink sticks the players will use in pre-game warm-ups for the games vs. RPI and Union this weekend at Ingalls Rink. Each stick has the player's uniform number on it. Additionally, the Yale men's hockey team will wear special pink and black uniforms at its home game on Feb. 27 vs. Cornell. All of these items, along with pink ties and scarves worn by the teams' coaching staffs, will be available through an on-line auction to benefit the American Cancer Society and Hockey Coaches Care at www.ecachockeycoachesvscancer.com. There will also be a variety of additional promotions taking place to help benefit the cause.

In addition to the Pink at the Rink promotion, this Saturday will also be Youth Day at Ingalls Rink. There will be face painting, raffles and a post-game autograph session with the Yale players.

 

UPDATE: FOR THE LATEST ON MANDI SCHWARTZ, VISIT http://www.yalebulldogs.com/mandi/index

 

How you can help:

  • Come out to the Yale women's ice hockey games vs. RPI (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Union (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) at Ingalls Rink this weekend. Admission is free.
  • Make a donation by sending a check payable to "Yale University" to:
    Jennifer O'Neil
    Yale Athletics
    PO Box 208216
    New Haven, CT 06520
    Fans who make a minimum donation of $15 U.S. dollars can also request one of the special "17" t-shirts by including their t-shirt size (price includes shipping and handling).
  • Leukemia patients like Mandi depend on blood transfusions during their treatment and can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about donating blood and being a bone marrow donor. On her CaringBridge website, Mandi encourages Canadians to visit www.onematch.com. Americans can visit websites such as www.marrow.org.
  • Send Mandi a card or letter showing your support:
    Mandi Schwartz
    c/o Allan Blair Cancer Center
    4101 Dewdney Ave.
    Regina, SK, CANADA S4T 7T1

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity



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