As this year’s hockey season gets underway, El Camino Hospital cancer patients, including Cupertino resident Camille Marvin, received a special visit on Monday, October 7, from San Jose Sharks players –Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, as well as Dan Rusanowsky, the “Voice of the Sharks” and mascot S.J. Sharkie. The players visited with patients both on the in-patient floor, as well as in the infusion center where they took pictures and signed autographs.
“Cancer is a disease that still affects too many members of our community, which is why we are grateful to the Sharks for helping us raise awareness not just during Breast Cancer Awareness month but all year long,” said Shyamali Singhal, MD, medical director, El Camino Hospital Cancer Center. “For our patients, having the opportunity to meet some of their favorite players in person gives them additional encouragement to continue their brave fight.”
The players’ visit was part of the Sharks Foundation’s participation in the NHL’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” program, a league-wide effort to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. Locally, the hospital and the Sharks have created a multi-faceted partnership.
“We are pleased to have a five-year partnership with the Sharks focused on increasing awareness and education in heart health, orthopedics and cancer for the Silicon Valley,” said Chris Ernst, vice president of Marketing & Communications for El Camino Hospital. “We are grateful for their continued support of our patient community and for being a committed partner in health education.”