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Goalies Against Cancer

It seems that everyone is finally getting around to supporting a great cause these days and raising money for cancer research, the NHL, NFL and everywhere in between. Pink has become a part of sports uniforms all over world the past few months.

Being a hockey fanatic, I see all kinds of web pages, and bulletin boards I happened to stumble across something that is a lot closer to home and more specific…Goalies Against Cancer.

(I also later found out that Joey, one of the brothers that is putting this all together, also works for the same company I do…lets just say it’s a large coffee purveyor, so I had no idea how close this really was to home.  I was in a meeting one day, and a fellow manager of mine had a Goalies Against Cancer flier!)

Joey Maestas rocking his Pink Christian stick

Over the next few minutes please take the time to read this article, and help out in any way you can. I promise if you make it to the end, I have a special treat for all you inGoal readers that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!! (Hey where are you going? Its not fair to skip to the end and just find the treat you know!!!)

A few years back I did a benefit for a fellow goalie that had brain cancer, and when I came across this I knew I wanted to help spread the word. If you have never done a fundraiser or a benefit of any type, let me be the first to tell you, its like another job. Constant emails, phone calls, not to mention the hours put in to keeping up a website. Let me be the first to thank the Maestas (Joey and Brandon) brothers for taking the time to do this! It’s a thankless and tough task and you guys are doing great!

What is Goalies Against Cancer?

Brandon with his custom pink stick donated by Christian Hockey

Besides the obvious, Goalies Against Cancer is a creative way to raise money to support finding a cure for cancer. Joey and Brandon are raising funds by taking pledges based on the amount of puck marks that make it on their sticks. After each game, they are counting the amount of puck marks, and then cleaning and re-taping the sticks so that it’s its easier to see the new marks. Once they are all done, all of the marks are tallied, and those who pledged a per puck mark pledge will be notified what their total donation will be. For those of you who don’t want to pledge that way, normal set amounts are being accepted as well. They also are having a raffle that you can enter to win sweet gear from various manufacturers. (see later in the article for directions on how to enter the raffle)

Raising money for a cure

So far the Maestas brothers have raised $1,742.00 to date, and hopefully that keeps climbing!! Here are some ways you can help, and get yourself some pretty cool stuff as well!

  • Raffle: Buy a raffle ticket for $20 and your name is entered in a drawing. So far there are several glove sets, as well as hockey apparel, and hockey gift cards. (In order to enter the raffle, October 1st through Nov 14th you will receive 1 “ticket” per $20.00 (USD) donation made to our Goalies Against Cancer Passionately Pink for the Cure® website. This donation goes directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® foundation. There is no limit to how many entries you can receive. On November the 14th,  we will have a live streaming drawing online (you do not have to be present to win). Winners will be notified by email. Click here for Goalies Against Cancer Donation Site (and to enter the raffle)
  • Limited Sketch Cards: Buy a one of a kind limited sketch card done by hand by a few well known artists in the sports industry. (These are NOT prints, these are the original works of art!)  These are one of a kind collectibles done specifically for this cause. If you are a hockey fan and appreciate art, you will want to check these out! Click here to see, and bid on the one of a kind sketch cards

Are you all ready for the special treat?

Well here it is!!!  There is one last way to help raise money for Goalies Against Cancer, and it is a special treat for all you inGoal readers!

You can win a chance to attend a week of Pro camp with Stephane Waite (of the Chicago Blackhawks) in Minnesota!! Or a week of Advanced day camp with International Hockey Schools!!

Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime, opportunities like this don’t come around too often!!

What do I need to do you ask??

Click Here to Get Started!!!

It’s that simple, head on over to Ebay, join in on the auction, and you could be in Stephane Waite’s Pro Goalie camp for a week, or if you aren’t a goalie, you can chose the week of Advanced camp with International Hockey Schools!!

All proceeds of the auction go directly to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another, this is a chance for you to get something great in return for your donations, and to help find a cure so that someday we may not have to suffer from this terrible disease any more.You may not be able to donate a lot of money, or bid on the items listed in the auctions, but just remember, ANYTHING helps!

Until next time InGoal readers, take care!

About The Author

Kris VanWagner

Kris is a current rec league tender, who used to try and survive in the college and semi pro ranks. He also is a goaltending coach working with all levels of goaltenders. He also dabbles with gear repair, and modification. He spends his spare time writing for inGoal, and thinking non stop about hockey.