By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Before there was a Tri-Cities Cancer Center, the Tri-City Americans were raising funds to help bring the project to life.
On Jan. 18, 1992, the Americans players and coaches acted as waiters at the “Waiter! There’s a Puck in my Soup” benefit to raise money to help build the $1.5 million facility. The event raised about $6,000, the Cancer Center was built and now is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary.
The Americans continue to support the Cancer Center Foundation via their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game, which is tonight vs. the Prince Albert Raiders. Over the past eight years, the event has raised $136,899, including a record $22,824 last year.
“They helped build this center and now they help sustain it,” said Elizabeth McLaughlin, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation Director. “That is really cool. For them to have done that and the number of people they have impacted is something special. They cared enough to put on this night and make a difference. The Americans help a lot of causes, not just us. They bring a lot of value to the community.”
Several Americans players toured the Cancer Center on Monday. Goalie Eric Comrie said the experience was humbling.
“We are so lucky to come to rink every day and just be healthy,” Comrie said. “It was a great experience for us to see that the Tri-Cities has such a great cancer center. How much the Tri-City Americans have helped raise for them is outstanding.