Rapid City Rush hosts annual signing of the ice, honoring those effected by cancer

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Thursday night people from all over the community came to the Civic Center and painted the name of a loved who has battled cancer on the center ice — the Rapid City Rush are hosting their annual ‘Rush Fights Cancer’ game Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Rapid City Rush invited the community to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to honor and remember those who have been affected by cancer.

“Everybody knows someone that knows someone who has been effected by this insidious disease,” Said Mark Binetti, Director of Communications for the Rush. “This is a great way for us, taking the idea from a couple other teams back in the Central Hockey League days, to apply it to our time now and its been great.”

Members of the Rush and visitors gathered at center ice and painted the names of people who are cancer survivors, or those who have lost their battle with the disease. Originally, this event used pink to show support — but the Rush used lavender which is the official color of cancer awareness.

“So instead of pink for breast cancer, blue for prostate [cancer], or yellow for pancreatic [cancer], we go lavender to get them under the same umbrella,” said Binetti.

This event is a great way for the fans and players to bond over an issue that affects everyone in some way.

“It really means a lot just kind of having that support and seeing that everyone else goes through that sort of thing as well, it is not easy on a lot of people and myself,” said Tyler Coulter, Forward for the Rush. “I was just touched for the first time this past summer, so it’s just nice to sympathize with people who that is their daily life and that the struggle they are consistently going through.”

The Rush will play their ‘Rush Fights Cancer’ game this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.


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