In October, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and charity Rusfond launched a joint initiative called "Hockey fights cancer" to raise money and awareness for children diagnosed with cancer. The campaign also aims to support the development of the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, named after Vasya Perevoshikov, a 10-year old from the Russian region of Udmurtia, who died after an unsuccessful search for a suitable bone-marrow donor.


At the Channel One Cup, which ran from December 13 to 17, spectators were provided with information about the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry and its role in increasing the survival rate for people who are battling cancer. Hockey fans also had an opportunity to donate money for the national marrow donor program.


An unusual event was staged at the VTB Ice Palace before the game between Russia and Finland, in which a man whose bone marrow was donated will meet the patient whose life he saved. Their meeting, which took place in front of a crowd of 12,000 people, was expected to highlight the problem of scarce bone-marrow donations in Russia and the importance of the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.


Russian ice-hockey players, who have been actively involved in the cancer-battling campaign, signed purple jerseys that were later auctioned to raise money for the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.


Source: www.rt.com