The Hang Em High Hockey Club is a group of fine stellar distinguished gentlemen that play old time beer league hockey in Winnipeg. Since our teams inception in 1992, we have been involved with a children’s charity. Our team has an annual fundraising tradition which involves passing around the Festivus Sock in the dressing room during the month of December. The funds are collected and donated to a selected children’s charity in the form of toys, toques, games and cash. In 2017, we decided to re-focus our fundraising efforts and made the annual fundraiser more personal and called it “Bell’s Blankets”. One of our teammates, Matt Bell, has been battling cancer for a few years. Even though Matt has a tough time skating backwards and scoring goals, he still is a highly valued and tenacious defenseman on our squad. Kidding aside, Matt is a good hockey player, but don’t tell him that, lol. Matt is one of those guys that doesn’t complain about the hand he has been dealt and asks for no pity, to the point where you would never know he has cancer. He is the type of guy whose main goal is to make us laugh and have a good time. Matt’s story is very inspirational and we encourage you to view it on the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation website. The money we raise with our Festivus Sock will go towards buying warm and cozy Winnipeg Jets blankets (Bell’s Blankets) along with a large cash donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. The goal with the blankets is to give the children some comfort and something tangible to hold during a trying time.
We all have individual stories involved with cancer, this is our teammates story. We encourage you to go hard into the corners and dig out your donation.
On behalf of our Hang Em High Hockey Club and Matt Bell, we thank you for the time to read this and hope you can donate on behalf of Bell’s Blankets.