This isn't a post about living with Type 1 diabetes...not exactly. It's a post about a hockey game. I grew up in Detroit and became a hockey fan in high school when I first read an article about a young Steve Yzerman in the local paper. I remember sitting in my parents' bedroom watching Red Wings games because nobody else in my family wanted to watch. I learned the game and its rules and fell in love with a sport I'd never seen on a 13 inch TV long before flat screens or HD. I cried in 1997 when they won the Stanley Cup, I may have cried again the next year when they won. Last spring I looked at the replica jersey below for several weeks before I decided to order it, a decision I do not regret.
A couple of years ago, I learned that we have an AHL hockey team in Cleveland. I'd been oblivious until then even thought they've been here since 2007. A friend and I went to a game on a whim and she was hooked on a sport she'd never seen. Since then we've become partial season ticket holders and were in the arena when the Monsters won the Calder Cup in 2016 - a lifetime highlight that neither of us will ever forget.
What does any of that have to do with T1? That same friend and I are participating in the local JDRF One Walk this fall to raise money for the search for a cure for T1D. At a walk kickoff event, the father of a T1 child suggested that the best way to fundraise is to involve something that you're passionate about. Voila, we had an idea...let's run the 50/50 at a Monsters game!
A great idea, sure, but it doesn't come without a cost. To be allowed to do the 50/50, we have to sell 200 tickets to that game. Yes, I said 200. The tickets are discounted, they come without any of those annoying convenience fees, and a portion of every ticket sold is donated directly to JDRF. And if that isn't a sweet enough deal, every ticket sold will be entered in a drawing to win our 2nd row seats on 10/21 and 11/25.
We're selling tickets for $15, $20 and $25, and each ticket is roughly a $13 discount from what you'd pay buying directly from the team. If you're in Northeast Ohio, please consider buying some tickets and supporting us - both JDRF and your favorite person with T1D. If you aren't available on October 21 you can still donate at our walk page here. Please share this with any friends you have in the area who might also be interested, because we need all the help we can get! We have an event posted on Facebook at this link, and you can easily share it with your network from there.
If you'd like to be more hands on, we NEED people to help us sell 50/50 tickets during the 1st and 2nd periods and you can still sit in your seat to watch the exciting 3rd period and cheer for the Monsters! Whether you're a committed hockey fan or you've never seen a game in your life, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Thank you for reading. 💙