Christopher Brechtel's Fundraising Page
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Christopher Brechtel's Fundraising Page
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Playing in the 11 day powerplay was something that I had agreed to a few months back because it was an excuse to get together with some of my good friends that I don't get to see very often, catch up, play some hockey and do it for what I believe is a good cause. After I had agreed to do this, the event has taken on an entirely different meaning for me. From the time that I agreed to participate in this event until today my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lost her battle to it less than a month ago. Having felt this loss strike so quickly and so profoundly in my own life and family I take a lot of pride in taking any small step that I can to help anyone out there beat cancer.

ABOUT 2018 Community Shift

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 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 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Name Date Amount Comments
Thomas Smith 05/25/2018 $50.00  
Carly Crnkovich 05/24/2018 $50.00 My thoughts are with you, what a very special way to celebrate your mother. I’m sure she is looking over you & so very proud of the man you are ❤️
Treneeka Cusack Fields 05/24/2018 $50.00 Chris, we're so sorry for your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family. Christopher, Treneeka and AJ Fields
Julie Hugick 05/24/2018 $50.00  
Joseph Cutolo 05/13/2018 $50.00  
Ann Marie Calandra 05/13/2018 $50.00 Christopher, my thoughts are with you and your family today. May you celebrate the memories in honor of your dear mother
Traci Bender 05/10/2018 $50.00 What a wonderful way to honor your beautiful mother. I’m so happy to offer my support.
Libby Frisicaro 05/08/2018 $50.00 ❤️
Mark Paradowski 05/07/2018 $50.00 Love ya buddy, glad you'll be joining us. I know how hard of a time this is. It wouldn't have been the same without ya.
Sheila Brechtel 05/07/2018 $50.00 My donation is in memory of Sheila Brechtel; a wonderful person who was a terrific teacher! She is missed!
Lauren Siembida 05/07/2018 $50.00 Happy to support you, Christopher and this charitable cause! In memory of your mother, Sheila Brechtel and all the others who have lost the battle to cancer or who are in the midst of fighting.
  Total $550.00