A little over 4 years ago we received a call from our son who was away at college in Cleveland. He was in a bit of a panic as he told us a professor, not liking the way he looked, had taken him to the emergency room. X-Rays revealed a mass on his chest and they told him he may have Lymphoma. Within in an hour we were on our way to Cleveland and our nightmare was underway. His diagnosis was confirmed the next day and seven months later we lost Patrick. I will never get that awful Monday morning out my consciousness. We exist in a world that no parent should ever have to experience.
Our daughter is a Hematology Oncology pharmacist. As irony would have it, she works on the floor that Patrick was admitted to and with the team that worked to save his life. She keeps us aware of the progress being made every day, the new drugs, and treatment protocols, but she also shares the experience of patients and their families who are still fighting. Patients and families who need our support to conquer this disease. If the money we raise prevents even one family from living our nightmare then four hours of ice time will have been a miniscule price to pay. I will be 63 when we take the ice on July 8th. Hockey was something Patrick and I shared. I’m certain he will be with us in some small way. PatStrong- Let it Be.
This summer, more than 1,700 pairs of skates will hit the ice to play in the 2018 11 Day Power Play Community Shift to help in the fight against cancer! The 11-day game will be played in continuous, four-hour shifts at HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York. Each shift will feature two new teams. The purpose of this important event is to raise critically-needed funds for important local cancer causes, including: cutting-edge cancer research and wellness programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; supporting programs that improve quality of life for children, adults and families affected by cancer through Camp Good Days; and, granting wishes and amazing experiences to kids with life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, by Make-A-Wish Western New York. Although it may be physically challenging for our players to play four continuous hours of hockey, it will be a walk in the park compared to what some people have to endure in their battle against cancer. Cancer is a disease that touches everyone, and The 11 Day Power Play wants to make a difference, a big difference. You can help make a big difference by supporting our players' efforts in The 11 Day Power Play Community Shift.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we also offer various corporate sponsorships, providing value greatly in excess of the financial contribution. Please contact Sara Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-830-3805 for more information. Team sponsorships start at $1,100 and are first come, first serve.
Proceeds of the 11 Day Power Play Community Shift will benefit our local families while supporting cancer research and wellness programs at Roswell Park, Make-A-Wish WNY and Camp Good Days.
Donations are graciously accepted either online or by check. Please write checks out to 'The 11 Day Power Play' and send to PO Box 4 Buffalo NY 14223.
Find out more about this event, or the 2017 World’s Longest Hockey Game, at www.11daypowerplay.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
|Jim & MaryBeth Basil||07/23/2018||$250.00||Keith, Thanks for your time giving back to the community! Patrick was a special person who will never forget!||Chris & Karen VOGELSANG||07/16/2018||$100.00||Great effort!||Maddie Waldron||07/15/2018||$109.00||So proud of you dad!||Gregory Ivancic||07/14/2018||$75.00||Happy to support such a great cause.||Beth Kurtz||07/12/2018||$50.00||Amazing!||Kelly Hillery & Family||07/12/2018||$50.00||Patrick was an amazing young man! His smile was infectious and his heart was huge. Know he remains in our thoughts and prayers... Everyday with JOY!||Kathy Delaney||07/10/2018||$100.00||In Memory of Patrick Waldron, David and Therese Rustowicz||07/09/2018||$50.00||Kristin Hart||07/08/2018||$100.00||#PatStrong||Michael Hillery||07/07/2018||$24.00||Christine Moloney||07/06/2018||$25.00||Thank you for being such an incredible role model Keith! Patrick is so lucky to have a dad like you who helps spread his love everyday. #ForeverPatStrong!!!||David Mislin||07/06/2018||$50.00||MICHAEL BOROWIEC||07/05/2018||$200.00||IN HONOR OF MY "SENIOR SKATING FRIEND" AND HIS FAMILY||Anonymous Friend||07/05/2018||$150.00||Janet Denzak||07/05/2018||$100.00||Michele Femia||07/05/2018||$100.00||Karen Illig||07/05/2018||$100.00||To honor Patrick, with love from Karen Illig, Anna and Lauren Whistler.||Patrick Waldron||07/03/2018||$25.00||#patstrong||Anonymous Friend||07/02/2018||$25.00||Paul Neureuter||07/02/2018||$50.00||Jennifer Georger||07/02/2018||$25.00||Sean and Terry Mahon||07/02/2018||$100.00||In honor of Patrick - Good luck out there!||Paul Wells||07/02/2018||$250.00||Good luck and keep the checking to a minimum. #PatStrong||Daniel Ward||07/02/2018||$100.00||Karen Hernandez||06/30/2018||$100.00||We will never forget the hours spent playing soccer and hockey in the backyard. Thank you for all the laughs and your contagious smile! -The Stelley-Hernandez Family #PatStrong||Alison Ward||06/29/2018||$100.00||Much love and luck to you Uncle - stay Patstrong always.||Louisa Rogers||06/29/2018||$20.00||#PatStrong||Eric Pyne||06/29/2018||$100.00||From your friends at Urban Valet Cleaners||Steven and VIctoria Glamuzina||06/29/2018||$50.00||Gretchen & Jon Kurtz||06/28/2018||$50.00||We are happy to support you in this great cause, Keith. Thinking of you, Julie, Maddie and family as you skate in honor of Patrick.||Cindy & Joe Kreuz||06/28/2018||$250.00||Im memory of a great young man||Bob and Michelle Schifferli||06/28/2018||$100.00||JEFF and Gretchen Markarian||06/28/2018||$100.00||Keith, you are insticntly a great leader. I witnessed it with Rotary and Longview Niagara. I have no doubt you will exceed your goal here. Patstrong||Caitlyn Starck||06/28/2018||$100.00||#patstrong.||Sue, Ann, Cathy Straka||06/28/2018||$100.00||Good luck Keith - thinking of you and your family.||The Jordan Family||06/28/2018||$100.00||Skate hard!||Terry Allen Realty PA||06/28/2018||$100.00||Thomas Rosenecker||06/27/2018||$100.00||Bart LaFaso||06/27/2018||$100.00||John Denzak||06/27/2018||$500.00||To Honor Patrick Waldron, a great young man who lived life to the fullest!!||Jeff Oak||06/27/2018||$100.00||Dwight Moldenhauer||06/27/2018||$50.00||Cameron Brown||06/27/2018||$100.00||Peter Morris||06/27/2018||$50.00||In Patrick's memory and in Keith's honor||Debbie & Doron Feldman||06/27/2018||$200.00||We love and miss Patrick so much! Love you Keith, Julie & Maddie!||Rob Dean||06/27/2018||$50.00||Therese Kurtz||06/27/2018||$50.00||Kick some butt Soul sister Keith||Michael Molisani||06/27/2018||$100.00||I think I owe you guys a visit on top of this. Missing you guys and Pat everyday. Good luck out there.||Howard Sadkin||06/26/2018||$100.00||Tear it up for Patrick!||Paul and Cindy Bickelmann||06/25/2018||$200.00||Love you! Good Luck- The Bickelmanns||PAUL & Lesa O’Connor||06/25/2018||$100.00||So proud of you Keith and even more grateful to have known Patrick! Forever in our hearts!||Live Like Kelly||06/15/2018||$100.00||A favorite saying from Kelly: "When your legs get tired, skate with your heart!" Her and Pat will be watching and cheering for you guys together!||Donna Burstein||06/11/2018||$100.00||Don and Ann Brown||06/06/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Keith!||David & Grace Munschauer||06/05/2018||$100.00||Rich and Mary Bennett||06/04/2018||$200.00||We hope to get there to watch and cheer you on!||Ellen Baum||05/30/2018||$100.00||Patrick had a beautiful big smile and his heart was even bigger! Keith I m wishing you a hat trick! xox||Cynthia Mannino||05/29/2018||$100.00||In honor of our son's memories.||Colin Reilly||05/28/2018||$25.00||Kevin Keenan||05/10/2018||$100.00||Keith, Looking forward to seeing you lace up the skates! #PATSTRONG Kevin||Bob & Ann Schaefer||05/09/2018||$100.00||Good luck Keith---Next...Thursday night skates!||Emma Klak||05/07/2018||$50.00||Eberhard Lawn Maintenance||04/30/2018||$250.00||Patrick Waldron||04/29/2018||$100.00||#PATSTRONG||Andrew Dunbar||04/21/2018||$250.00||Patstrong||Jon & Gretchen Kurtz||04/15/2018||$100.00||Keith, What a wonderful way to honor your amazing son, Patrick, and his beautiful spirit that will always be present. ❤️||Ann Wegrzyn||04/11/2018||$250.00||Keith - what a great way to honor Patrick. Hoping to come see you on the ice! xoxo Ann and Bob||Doug & Janice Ross||04/03/2018||$250.00||Patrick & Kelly will be cheering you on from above. What a wonderful way to honor your boy! With love, Doug & Janice||William Mancini||03/31/2018||$50.00||Danielle Blount||03/29/2018||$25.00||Robert Ketteman||03/29/2018||$100.00||Keith/Julie/Maddie: This is an amazing way to continue honoring Patrick.... We miss him. Let it be.||Peter Gross||03/28/2018||$250.00||Mike Munich||03/28/2018||$100.00||Patrick was a joy to be around. His memory will be eternal!||Cat Gawronski||03/28/2018||$20.00||Francis Mulvey||03/27/2018||$100.00||Mark Mistretta||03/27/2018||$50.00||You're a good man Keith! Best wishes with the event.||Jeremy Erny||03/26/2018||$100.00||Chip Jones||03/26/2018||$200.00||Much success to you, I know you can get it done. Good luck. Chip||Bob O’Hern||03/25/2018||$100.00||Gary Miller||03/24/2018||$100.00||Our prayers are with you||Niagara Metals Schanzlin||03/23/2018||$100.00||Good Luck Keith. Your friends at Niagara Metals||James Herzog||03/23/2018||$200.00||God bless you Kieth. Skate like a 16 year old. You are great||GARY CAPPELLINO||03/22/2018||$150.00||Steve Fayett||03/22/2018||$100.00||End to end Keith!||James Mulcahy||03/22/2018||$250.00||Live Jesus in our hearts, forever||David Reedy||03/22/2018||$150.00||Great cause...all the best Keith||Karen & Craig Jones||03/22/2018||$100.00||Patrick will be skating right along with you! XO||John & Mimi Schanzlin||03/22/2018||$250.00||Great cause to break out the new Cooperalls Keith. Skate strong!||Keith Waldron||03/21/2018||$250.00||Love you forever buddy!||Kevin Gregory||03/21/2018||$250.00||Great to hear from you Keith. Best of luck with your effort and don't forget to have some fun too!||Dwight Moldenhauer||03/21/2018||$100.00||John Gaffney||03/21/2018||$250.00||Go get them - have fun!!||Richard Suchan||03/21/2018||$100.00||Patrick will be with you in a big way!||Cynthia Cummings||03/21/2018||$50.00||Frank & Carla Boccio||03/21/2018||$250.00||Keith, Patrick will be right there with you XOXO||Matthew Burstein||03/21/2018||$100.00||Skate safely Keith!||Anonymous Friend||03/21/2018||$200.00||Love the cause!!||Samuel Son and Company||03/21/2018||$200.00||Marty Jay||03/21/2018||$100.00||Good luck for a good cause||Melanie Bunch||03/21/2018||$100.00||Honored to support this!||Kathryn Moloney||03/21/2018||$100.00||Sending big Patrick hugs your way, can’t wait to watch!! XOXOXOOO|