September 27, 2011

SHU Field Hockey Joins National Foundation for Cancer Research to "Stick it to Cancer"

Fairfield, Conn. –  The Sacred Heart University field hockey team has joined hands with the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in the 2nd annual "Stick it to Cancer" campaign, in which field hockey teams across the country are invited to participate by committing to donate proceeds from at least one game to NFCR.

The team will donate proceeds from their game versus Lock Haven University Oct. 1, 2011 at noon on Sacred Heart's campus.

"We are excited to be a part of 'Stick It to Cancer' and raise funds and awareness for cancer research," said Katie Kloeckener, Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Sacred Heart. "This fundraiser is a great opportunity for us to do what we love and benefit a good cause at the same time. Cancer has touched many of our lives in some way, and we want to do our part to support NFCR's pursuit of a cure."

The event will be dedicated to Ken Hoeppner, father of Sacred Heart junior defender Maddie Hoeppner. Ken is currently battling Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma and is undergoing a successful stem cell treatment. 

To raise funds, the team will be accepting general donations at the gate. They will also be selling special pink "Stick It to Cancer" t-shirts at the game for $20 and conducting a bake sale. Players will also be wearing pink shoelaces and armbands and using pink tape on their sticks to support the cause.

 For more information on Sacred Heart's involvement with the campaign, contact Katie Kloeckener at kloecknerk@sacredheart.edu. To find out more about "Stick it to Cancer," or to participate, visit www.nfcr.org/stickittocancer.

 About the National Foundation for Cancer Research

 The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) is a leading charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. NFCR promotes and facilitates collaboration among scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery from bench to bedside.

Since 1973, NFCR has provided over $288 million in direct support of discovery-oriented cancer research focused on understanding how and why cells become cancerous, and on public education relating to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.  NFCR scientists are discovering cancer's molecular mysteries and translating these discoveries into therapies that hold the hope for curing cancer. NFCR is about Research for a Cure—cures for all types of cancer.  For more information, please visit www.NFCR.org