Hockey Fights MS

by Candice Arnold
Hockey Fights MS Tournament Staff (Left to Right):
Kris Maguire, Cathy Moeller, Candice Arnold and Darryl Arnold.

Hockey Fights MS is a unique charitable organization whose mission is to raise money for research into the cause, cure and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The inspiration to form this organization came as a response to my own diagnosis in August 2005.

Immediately after being diagnosed, I spent days worrying about what my future would hold. I was only 25 years old and had my whole life ahead of me. There was nothing that could make it go away. I felt helpless.

Rather than accepting defeat, I decided the only thing I could do was help find a cure. Within one week of being diagnosed, I started planning the first Hockey Fights MS tournament in my hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

One year later, my connection to MS and the impact of my fundraising efforts became of even greater importance when my mother, Cathy Moeller, was also diagnosed with MS. It was then that I decided to make the Hockey Fights MS Pennsylvania tournament an annual event.

In 2007, after learning that an estimated 1 in 400 Vermont residents—twice the national average—are living with MS, I decided to add a second tournament in South Burlington, Vermont.

Since our inaugural event five years ago, we have watched the total number of participating teams increase from 7 to 44. Past participants have traveled from 15 states, Canada and Germany to participate in our tournaments and support our cause. The Hockey Fights MS tournaments are open to adult men and women players of all ages and abilities. To date, our ice hockey tournaments have raised $41,450 for MS research.

Past beneficiaries have included the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater New England and Greater Delaware Valley Chapters as well as Johns Hopkins Project RESTORE—at one of the leading MS research facilities in the country.

We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors, so please e-mail us if you are interested in supporting our cause!

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