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Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are preparing for its first Storm Fights Cancer Weekend from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at the Viaero Center. The weekend also kicks off the Storm’s third annual Jerseys for a Cause Program, which has raised $23,432 over the last two seasons.
For the third straight year, the Storm and Midway Auto Dealerships have partnered for “Color Out Cancer” night and fans are invited to “Paint The Ice” on Thursday from 5-9 p.m., helping fans remember those affected by cancer in Central Nebraska.
"Painting the ice is a way for people in this area to connect with loved ones that have suffered from the disease and also a powerful symbol for people to see other families that have had their lives affected," said Dana Wright, the Storm’s Vice President of Business Operations.
Pictures of last season’s Color Out Cancer Paint the Ice
The Color Out Cancer game will be held on the painted ice against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Storm will wear one-night-only jerseys available for auction after the game.
On Saturday, Tri-City plays Lincoln on Concrete Cares Night, presented by Kearney Concrete. For the second straight game, the Storm will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned after the contest.
The Color Out Cancer game begins the Storm’s Jerseys for a Cause Program, which donates the money raised for specialty jerseys to area charities fighting cancer. Last season, Jerseys for a Cause raised $11,235.
“Jerseys for a Cause is a wonderful way to give back to the organizations that are working so hard to eradicate the terrible disease,” said Wright. “We are so happy to partner with Midway Auto Dealerships again.”
Pictures explain the event’s power to connect our community; the painted ice has individual messages to loved ones lost, dealing with or recovering from the effects of the terrible disease.
Numerous Storm players and coaches have also had family members affected by cancer over the years. Storm alum Jaden Schwartz, currently a forward on the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, lost his sister to cancer. Tory Dello, last season’s Storm Captain, lost his mother. Alex Limoges has spent the past few summers at a camp geared towards helping children with cancer.
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This Thursday, the Storm kicks off its Fight Cancer Weekend, featuring a pair of home games. On Thursday, October 13 from 5-9 p.m., Tri-City invites all fans to “Paint the Ice” and remember those affected by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jerseys and play on the painted ice against Cedar Rapids on Friday, October 14 at 7:05 p.m. for Color Out Cancer Night presented by Midway Auto Dealerships.
To continue the weekend theme, the Storm and Kearney Concrete team up for Concrete Cares Night on Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City will play Lincoln on the painted ice and the Storm will wear new and different specialty jerseys.
Listen to Storm games on The Breeze 94.5 FM.