Sandy Den­nis hon­oured with Mariners pink jersey


There was a new jersey on the ice at the Yar­mouth Mariners’ game on Nov. 3 – last name Den­nis, first name Sandy, but feel free to also in­sert the names grace, courage and in­spi­ra­tion as well.

A #10 Pink in the Rink jersey was pre­sented to Yar­mouth res­i­dent and town coun­cil­lor Sandy Den­nis prior to Mariners home game. It is a fit­ting trib­ute be­cause when it comes to her com­mu­nity, Den­nis is a de­voted team player.

Den­nis is liv­ing with ter­mi­nal cancer. To have the sup­port she has shown to her com­mu­nity through­out the years ex­tended back to her was both mean­ing­ful and emo­tional – as is the sig­nif­i­cance of the jersey it­self.

Each Oc­to­ber the Yar­mouth Mariners Jr. A hockey team launches its Pink in the Rink ini­tia­tive.

Dur­ing homes games in Oc­to­ber, Yar­mouth Mariners owner Mitch Bon­nar pre­sented the pink #10 jersey to Sandy Den­nis, as her hus­band Ken looked on.

which this year also in­cluded the Nov. 3 game, the Mariners play­ers wear cus­tom pink jer­seys to not just raise aware­ness about the im­por­tance of cancer re­search but also to raise funds to help with the treat­ment and care of cancer pa­tients.

The jer­seys are be­ing auc­tioned off with all pro­ceeds from

this fundraiser sup­port­ing the Dr. Ed­win Janke Cancer Care Cen­tre at the Yar­mouth Re­gional Hospi­tal.

This year, thanks to a gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion from Gil Dares, gen­eral man­ager of the Mariners Cen­tre, do­na­tions have been col­lected on a #10 jersey sport­ing Sandy Den­nis’s name in sup­port of the cancer cen­tre.

Bid­ding on the jer­seys, and also the col­lec­tion of do­na­tions, ended Mon­day, Nov. 5. The jersey sport­ing Den­nis’s name col­lected $1,206 in do­na­tions that will go to the cancer cen­tre.

Over­all, the do­na­tions raised by this jersey and the bid­ding on the player jer­seys, amounted to $7,626. You can see the fi­nal bid tally on the Mariners Pink in the Rink Face­book page.

Upon be­ing pre­sented with the jersey prior to the Mariners Nov. 3 game ver­sus Mi­ramichi (which the Mariners won 7-3), Den­nis thanked Gil Dares, the Mariners team and ev­ery­one who has sup­ported this fundraiser and/ or have sup­ported her per­son­ally as well.

Not­ing how ex­ten­sive the reach of cancer is, she en­cour­aged peo­ple to show their sup­port for the cancer cen­tre.

“We want to keep what we have in Yar­mouth, the Dr. Janke cancer unit, so if you can help sup­port that and any other things that help with cancer that would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” she said.

While bat­tling cancer, Den­nis has been a strong ad­vo­cate in an ef­fort to try and have ra­di­a­tion ser­vices avail­able at the Yar­mouth Re­gional Hospi­tal to help lessen the fi­nan­cial, emo­tional and phys­i­cal bur­den to cancer pa­tients who have to travel to Hal­i­fax to ac­cess this treat­ment.

She has also been mak­ing home­made cards that have been sold to raise money for the Gilles Boudreau and Friends Cancer Care Fund, which also pro­vides sup­port and as­sis­tance to cancer pa­tients.

As for the Mariners’ Pink in the Rink ini­tia­tive, it has been a suc­cess­ful fundraiser through the years. Last year a cheque in the amount of $9,129.40 was pre­sented to the Dr. Ed­win Janke Cancer Cen­tre. The do­na­tion was used by the cancer cen­tre to pur­chase a por­ta­ble ul­tra­sound ma­chine, which the cen­tre did not have. The year be­fore that $7,338 was do­nated to the cancer cen­tre.


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