Ice rink turns into pink tribute to raise cancer awareness

The ice rink at the TaxSlayer Center turned into a tribute for those affected by cancer.It's all part of "Pink...

Posted: Feb 9, 2018 2:39 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2018 2:39 AM

The ice rink at the TaxSlayer Center turned into a tribute for those affected by cancer.

It's all part of "Pink in the Rink," which is centered around the Quad City Mallards games Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th.

In preparation for the awareness weekend, community members were invited to paint names of those who were battling cancer or the names of those they had lost. With pink paint in hand, dozens of Quad Citizens hit the ice to make their mark.

Husband and wife pair Don and Susan Hayes said they were there to honor their parents, who had passed on several years earlier. They looked at the event as a remembrance.

"Unlike so many of the people here, they're gone, we don't have them to fight for," said Susan, "but we work with an organization that holds an auction every year that helps fight to stamp out cancer."

That organization is called the Quad Cities Stamp Club. Each spring donations are made for an auction that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Susan added that the money raised is used locally. Don is a chairman for the group.

Representatives from local cancer organizations were at the event as well. The executive director from the Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa, Jenny Brinkmeyer, said the Mallards reached out to local organizations to spread the word and get more pink names on the rink.

Brinkmeyer said the ultimate goal was to spread awareness and start a conversation. As for the painters, it's a way to show support.

"It's something they can do to support a loved one, support someone that they are in memory of," she said. "It's a nice way to show the rest of the community who their loved ones were and who they're supporting."

Also represented at the event was Susan Herman with the McKay Center for Breast Health at Genesis. The center provides diagnostic procedures and screenings, potentially at no cost, according to Herman. Click here for more information.

"Everyone is touched by cancer, some kind of cancer here or there and it's cathartic for you to come out and write a name down," said Herman. "It kind of bonds us all a little more as a community."

The hockey players will be skating over the names all weekend, which have been protected by an additional layer of ice. The players will hit the ice wearing special edition pink sweaters, according to their Facebook page. The sweaters, presented by Genesis Health System, will be auctioned off on Saturday after the game. Proceeds will go to the Genesis Health Services Foundation.

West Lafayette
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 73°
Kokomo
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 76°
Rensselaer
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 73°
Fowler
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 73°
Williamsport
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 73°
Crawfordsville
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
Frankfort
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 75°
Delphi
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 74°
Monticello
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 74°
Logansport
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 73°
Calm and Cloudy Start this Wednesday Morning.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 75862

Reported Deaths: 3069
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16088730
Lake7688278
Elkhart492685
Allen4002163
St. Joseph357883
Hamilton2829104
Vanderburgh202213
Hendricks1927108
Cass18029
Johnson1789119
Porter135539
Clark128749
Tippecanoe123811
Madison100665
LaPorte93130
Howard91365
Kosciusko86812
Bartholomew81747
Floyd80948
Marshall79323
Monroe76631
Delaware74552
Dubois70812
Vigo69911
Noble68829
Boone68746
Hancock68339
Jackson5965
Warrick58830
Shelby56527
LaGrange56310
Grant52930
Dearborn51228
Morgan49334
Clinton4444
Henry40620
Wayne38510
White37611
Montgomery35921
Lawrence35227
Harrison34823
Decatur34132
Putnam3128
Daviess27720
Miami2772
Scott27210
Jasper2552
Greene25434
Franklin24615
DeKalb2384
Gibson2314
Jennings22712
Steuben2133
Ripley2138
Carroll1962
Fayette1947
Perry18713
Posey1790
Starke1787
Wells1742
Orange17424
Fulton1722
Wabash1703
Jefferson1672
Knox1610
Whitley1556
Tipton14312
Washington1421
Sullivan1381
Spencer1373
Clay1245
Huntington1243
Randolph1244
Newton12010
Adams1092
Owen991
Jay920
Rush854
Pulaski811
Fountain742
Brown741
Blackford652
Ohio656
Benton640
Pike590
Vermillion580
Switzerland530
Parke511
Martin480
Crawford450
Union410
Warren241
Unassigned0206

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events