The Cardinals, a music industry road hockey team named in honour of their late colleague, Pat Cardinal, did They their comrade proud last Saturday by competing in the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The team's participation raised $37K, part of the incredible $2.6M gathered by the fundraiser.
This money goes to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and President & CEO (and former music industry leader) Paul Alofs is suitably appreciative.
Writing to The Cardinals, he stated that "you played a crucial role in helping us break 2 world records previously set by Scotiabank® Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer and we wanted to be sure to send our sincere THANKS to you for helping to make it happen! We were fortunate to have 1,750 hockey players come together to raise $2.6M - all with a singular purpose of conquering cancer in our lifetime - which is nothing short of amazing. And so are you!
"With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, your support will be the fuel in the tank of the incredible research engine we have here at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. As we move forward, immunotherapy will remain a top priority for our amazing team of Doctors, researchers and clinicians. Please click here to learn more.
"Like Peter Mansbridge said on Saturday, 'thanks to you, we will conquer cancer in our lifetime!!' Your support means the world to us and we’re proud to have you on our team in the fight to conquer cancer! Game ON!" Click here to see game day highlights.
On FB, Warren Copnick posted that "We played in honour of Patrick Cardinal and others we ve lost #fucancer No major injuries except a net ask Steve Jones! I did not score and was told [rocker turned TV personality] Tara Slone is better than me... thanks for being part of our day Tara. We're tired, we're sore, but it does not compare to the journey those with cancer take."
Industry notables lacing up alongside Copnick included Slaight Music's Derrick Ross and Warner Music's Steve Coady.
Canadian Broadcast Hall of Famer Pat Cardinal died of pancreatic cancer last year.