Launched during the 2013-2014 season, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund is an initiative of the Nashville Predators Foundation and two of the team’s icons, former Captain Shea Weber and current goaltender Pekka Rinne.
The 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund works with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Additionally, the initiative coordinates with the team to host a series of opportunities that enable the hospital’s young patrons and their families to get a special dose of the Smashville hockey experience.
The 365 Fund was born from a desire of Weber and Rinne to make an impact in the Middle Tennessee community. Both professional athletes, and historically two of the most recognizable faces of the team, Weber noted that he and Rinne, “were in a unique situation where we could help, and were thankful to brighten up the lives of kids going through some of their toughest days.”
The 365 Fund has two suites, funded by Weber and Rinne, which host special guests from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and their families at Predators home games throughout the season. This family friendly night out is a rare treat for most of the young visitors, many of which cannot handle the otherwise hustle and bustle of the crowded arena. Different opportunities to interact with the team, such as locker room Meet and Greets, further enhance this experience. Seasonal hospital visits by the team, and various fundraisers conducted by the Nashville Predators Foundation, serve to bolster the spirit and resources of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund.
The biggest night of the year for the program is always Hockey Fights Cancer Night. For the 2016-17 season, Hockey Fights Cancer nights for the Predators are Nov. 12, 2016, and Feb. 26, 2016.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a League-wide initiative of the NHL, but one that has a special place in the mission of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund. The twice-annual occurrence proves an opportunity to bring special guests from the Vanderbilt Children’s hospital to Bridgestone Arena and to let these young hockey fans have an extra-special, one-of-a-kind experience with the Nashville Predators.
Donate to join in the fight to stop pediatric cancer through the special mission of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund and Nashville Predators Foundation.
For more information about the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund and other initiatives of the Nashville Predators Foundation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org