Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks’ recent “Jacks Fight Cancer” night raised more than $5,000 for the Johnson Family Cancer Center in Muskegon.

The game was played Jan. 19 at L.C. Walker Arena and raised $5,126 for the cancer center.

“The Johnson Family Cancer Center would like to thank the Lumberjacks organization for their efforts off the ice as well as on,” said Dr. Nina Jonson, Radiation Oncologist and Radiation Medical Director of the Johnson Family Cancer Center. “By expanding their game off the ice, the Lumberjacks have done a great deal to benefit and honor our patients and their families.

“The Johnson Family Cancer Center appreciates all of the hard work and planning that is involved with this event and is grateful to be chosen to be a part of this team effort on behalf of our community,” she said “We continue to strive to deliver exceptional, comprehensive, state of the art care to the Lakeshore.”

Fans donated in numerous ways throughout the evening.

Each Lumberjacks player was playing in honor of loved ones whose lives have been affected by cancer, and fans were able to have their loved ones recognized in a special extended starting line-up and program insert.  The team, front office staff, and fans were able to sign a special banner that was displayed on the concourse during the game and dropped off to the Johnson Family Cancer Center for the patients.

“It was amazing to see how our community pulled together on one special night to support such a great cause and the Johnson Family Cancer Center,” said community relations manager Andrea Clancy.  “I’m looking forward to planning next year’s game already, and our organization will strive to do whatever it takes to make each ‘Jacks Fight Cancer’ night bigger and better.”