6-year-old honored at Hockey Fights Cancer Game
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- On Wednesday night two rivalry hockey teams battled it out for a good cause.
Traverse City Central and Traverse City West High Schools played in the first ever Hockey Fights Cancer Game.
The game is about bringing awareness to cancer victims, survivors and patients.
During the game they also honored one of northern Michigan's biggest hockey fans.
"Ellacyn has a brain tumor that is on her optic nerve that has robbed her of her vision, leaving her unable to play hockey," said Traverse City Central Organizer Meghan Flaska. "But she's a huge hockey fan."
Ellacyn Rahn is a first grader at Mill Creek Elementary in Williamsburg, but on Wednesday she was part of the team.
"[Ellacyn] gets to be in the locker room for the coaches pregame talk, we gave her a jersey that all of the team members signed, so she has something to remember," said Flaska. "We also gave her an official puck."
Though Ellacyn is legally blind she loves the excitement of hockey games.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to do something good even while we're fighting on the ice," said Traverse City West Organizer Michele Cerny.
Organizers came up with the idea for the Hockey Fights Cancer Game by watching how the community came together to support the Traverse City Patriot Game, which honors veterans.
"I felt like there was a need for West and Central to have a community game similar to how the patriot game really brings the community together," said Cerny.
Each player wore a jersey in honor of someone they know who has battled cancer.
"Cancer has touched a lot of people very personally so this is a great opportunity for all of us to get back to the community," said Flaska.
The teams raised a total of $13,000 towards cancer research.