New Jersey Devils to Host Annual Fight Cancer Fundraiser on Saturday
The New Jersey Devils will be hosting the annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday, November 25 when the Devils play host to the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. The event is in partnership with RWJ Barnabas Health.
RWJ Barnabas Health, together with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
According to a press release issued by the Devils, Dr. Steven Libutti, Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, RWJ Barnabas Health says: “Hockey Fights Cancer Night truly helps to lift the spirits of cancer patients and their families by paying tribute to their strength and perseverance and reinforces the need to support cancer research and care.”
The Devils will honor a pair of individuals during the night: 13-year-old Charlie Shomers, a cancer patient and lifelong Devils fan. The Hillsborough resident was diagnosed with Ependymoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer in July. He had successful surgery in July and completed treatment in October at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
In addition, Dr. Rahul Parikh, Medical Director of the Laurie Proton Therapy Center at RWJ University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ will be recognized as the “Hero of the Game.” He led a team of specialists to provide radiation therapy treatments to both adults and pediatric cancer patients.
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