The National Hockey League and NHLPA began the #HockeyFightsCancer initiative in December of 1998. The purpose is to raise money and awareness for cancer research and the fight for a cure. To date, over $16 million has been donated to national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local charities as well.
Recently, the St. Louis Blues played in their 'Hockey Fights Cancer' game against the Colorado Avalanche. While on social media a member of the Blues front office staff came across a picture of a young boy at the game. He was holding up an 'I Fight For...' sign, and written on the sign it said 'Jeffrey (me).'
A family friend posted the picture and mentioned that Jeffrey's favorite player is Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko. The Russian sniper has developed into one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the league and has amassed 147 points over his last two seasons. The post also noted that Jeffrey was hoping for a 'Hockey Fights Cancer' commemorative puck. Once Tarasenko found out, he did not hesitate to hook up one of his biggest fans...
Jeffrey would return to the rink to watch his Blues beat the Sabres. On that night he was in store for a big surprise. He received both his personal message, and his signed puck from the player he idolizes. It was an incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture by Tarasenko as we all wish Jeffrey the best of luck in his battle.
(Chris Pinkert/St. Louis Blues)