When the Atlanta Thrashers take to the ice on Friday night, January 14, 2011 not only will they looking to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, they will be playing to help defeat pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer that will take the lives of more than 36,800 people in the U.S. this year. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer in this country and has the highest mortality rate of all cancers. The survival rate is only 5%.
Sadly, most people are unaware of the nature of pancreatic cancer until a personality like the late Patrick Swayze is suddenly stricken with the disease. Aretha Franklin is currently battling pancreatic cancer and was just operated on in December.
Tickets for the game are in sections 203 and 204. Ushers, vendors, and the Thrashers mascot will be wearing a purple ribbon to show their support of the event. Ticket purchasers are also encouraged to wear purple to the game in an effort to have an all purple section in Philips Arena.
The tickets to the game will be discounted by $5 and include a free Chick fil A meal. There will be opportunities to win prizes including access to the Glass seats and a Radio booth visit during the game.
A donation of $20.75 for each ticket purchased will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
For further information on Friday's game or how you can become involved visit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Facebook page here.