The annual donation is over $ 335,000 for Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt.
Nashville, Tennessee (November 15, 2021) – On behalf of the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund (the “365 Fund”) presented by Twice Daily, the SmileDirectClub-empowered Nashville Predators Foundation (the “Predators Foundation”) has joined forces today. in the middle of Hockey Fights Cancer Month to deliver a check for US $ 335,000.21 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt (“Children’s Hospital”). The 365 Fund, founded by recently retired goalkeeper Pekka Rinne and former captain Shea Weber during the 2012/13 season, has now donated more than $ 3.6 million in cash and in kind to life-changing childhood cancer research at the Children’s Hospital.
“Our commitment to Vanderbilt Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily has been steadfast over the past two very strange years,” said Rebecca King, Vice President of Community Relations, Nashville Predators. “Thanks to the support of our fans, partners, employees and players, we were able to raise over $ 50,000 more in 2020-21 than we did in 2019-20 when our season was canceled. We are so proud of the work doctors and researchers are able to do thanks to donations to this fund. Our organization has built close relationships and friendships with many families who have received great care and treatment at the Children’s Hospital. We are fortunate to have the best healthcare facilities in our own backyard. “
At the Outdoor Check presentation, which traditionally took place indoors, followed by a trip to Seacrest Studios, Predators Foundation representatives were welcomed by Dr. Meg Rush, President of the Children’s Hospital, Michelle Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer of Nashville Predators, Twice Daily Regional Director of Operations Samuel., Accompanies Perry and other representatives of the Children’s Hospital as well as the Predators mascot GNASH and the Children’s Hospital mascot Champ. Those present celebrated the contribution of the 365-Fonds to the children’s hospital and at the same time reflected on the last two years, which brought many challenges and uncertainties.
“Year after year, we’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible support for the Nashville Predators and Hockey Fights Cancer,” said Debra Friedman, MD, holder of the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and director of the Department of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at the Children’s Hospital. “The donations from the team’s 365 Children’s Cancer Fund help us support cancer research in children, find new ways to cure childhood cancer, and provide the best possible treatment for each individual child.”
During the 2021-22 season, the Predators Foundation will continue efforts to raise special auctions and more money for the 365 Fund through Hockey Fights Cancer Nights – starting Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes. At Hockey Fights Cancer Nights (November 13, 2021 and April 9, 2022), children’s ambassadors will be invited to play, not only to take part in a luxury suite experience, but also to take part in special in-game activities such as driving the Zamboni . participate and much more. All the money raised during the game, a night dedicated to the young warriors fighting this terrible disease, will go to the 365 fund.
This season, fans in the Predators Foundation area (outside of section 106/107) will also be able to purchase an “I FIGHT FOR” lavender foam puck during all Predators home games to honor or commemorate someone who has cancer. For $ 10, they get a take-away puck and one to add to the Ice Hockey Battle Cancer Canister – which represents all of those we fight for and remember in Smashville. The proceeds will benefit the 365 fund. Fans can also purchase exclusive merchandise from the Hockey Fights Cancer Shop, bid on silent auction items by sending PREDS to 76278, or visit NashvillePredators.com/365Fund for more information.
While financial assistance plays a huge role in the 365 Fund’s efforts, the relationships and memories that have been made with the young patients and their families really give life to the mission to support the Children’s Hospital. Over the years, Rinne and Weber have connected with countless patients by visiting the hospital and hosting families in the 365 Fund Suite in the Bridgestone Arena. In its final 2020-21 season, Rinne’s desire to find a safe way to interact with the children resulted in an ongoing series of weekly virtual visits through Zoom calls with the hospital’s Seacrest studio. Through these visits, and with the help of his teammates, Rinne continues to lift the spirits of the children struggling to recover from various injuries and illnesses.
Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have always been committed to the health of our community, but in the fight against COVID-19, their relentless efforts are recognized more than ever. While the 365 Fund raises funds and awareness for cancer research, the Children’s Hospital and VUMC not only provide vital care and resources, but also healing through comfort and hope. Despite the many challenges in 2020-21, the long-standing partnership between the Nashville Predators, Children’s Hospital and VUMC continues and will continue to thrive for years to come.
Via the Nashville Predators Foundation, supported by SmileDirectClub
The Predators Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub to continuously meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Predators Foundation is committed to leveraging its platform and the influence of its affiliation with professional sports to meet the needs of the community by providing unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has made over $ 7.9 million in grants to the greater Nashville community. In 2020 alone, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers, and the Predators Foundation raised approximately $ 5.5 million in life-changing funds to help a variety of relief efforts, nonprofits, and those in need in the Nashville community and support in the area. To learn more about the SmileDirectClub-empowered Nashville Predators Foundation and to see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.
Via the 365 Children’s Cancer Fund, presented by Twice Daily
The 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, presented by Twice Daily, was launched during the 2012/13 season by Predators goalkeeper Pekka Rinne and former captain Shea Weber in collaboration with the Nashville Predators Foundation, supported by SmileDirectClub. The partnership will raise funds and raise awareness of vital cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt. Since the Fund was established, more than $ 3.6 million in total in donations in cash and in kind have been made to the hospital and its programs. In addition, the 365 Fund works with the Nashville Predators organization to improve the lives of the hospital’s young patients and their families by providing the opportunity to meet members of the Predators team and experience the joy of playing hockey at SMASHVILLE. For more information on the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily or to make a donation, please visit NashvillePredators.com/365Fund.
Via the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the country, treating and helping a wide range of pediatric health problems, from colds and broken bones to complex heart disease and cancer. With 10 out of 10 nationally rated pediatric specialties in 2021, Children’s Hospital was named “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the country for the 15th consecutive year by the US News & World Report. In addition, Children’s Hospital was named the No. 1 Children’s Hospital in Tennessee and in a new regional ranking that shares first place in the Southeast Region.
Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2004, expanded facilities in 2012, and recently added four new floors for a total of 160,000 square feet. The new expansion helps to improve the size and scope of the hospital’s mission. For more information on Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt: ChildrensHospitalVanderbilt.org