Rangers Introduce Clarky’s Kids

Many children ranging in age from infant to 16 years within our region along with their families deal with Childhood cancer on a daily basis.

The Kitchener Rangers have teamed up with former Ranger and current New Jersey Devil David Clarkson to launch a program called Clarky’s Kids.

Clarky’s Kids will provide children from Grand River Hospital’s POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) Satellite Centre the opportunity to experience the excitement of a Kitchener Rangers game. Clarky’s Kids will welcome these children starting September 26 and running throughout the 2008-09 season.

From 2002 to 2005 Clarkson spent countless hours supporting local community programs. His goodwill and commitment to both the team and the region have inspired numerous people of all ages. He was honoured with the Ted Scharf Award in 2002-03 and 2003-04 for being the Kitchener Rangers Humanitarian of the Year.

"It’s great to be able to come back and support a community that supported me when I played here." – David Clarkson

Join us when the Kitchener Rangers host the Owen Sound Attack on Friday, September 26 as we welcome Grand River Hospital’s POGO Satellite Centre Staff and Children.

Friday, September 26, 2008
Kitchener Rangers VS Owen Sound Attack
Game time: 7:30 pm

For more information on Clarky’s Kids contact Michelle Fortin, Manager of Community and Media Relations for the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club at

Grand River Hospital’s POGO Satellite Centre

For the past 25 years, POGO has been working on behalf of Ontario’s childhood cancer community to continually improve care for children with cancer. Thanks to POGO, children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors receive state-of-the-art care across Ontario.

The clinic located at Grand River Hospital is one of six POGO satellite oncology clinics in the Province of Ontario set up to deliver cancer care closer to home. POGO and the staff work closely with the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, London.

The clinic is staffed by registered nurses who work closely with other departments within the K-W Health Centre to coordinate care for the children.

Clarky’s Kids will be collecting monetary donations throughout the season to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Grand River Hospital as well as POGO’s Pediatric Oncology Financial Assistance Program (POFAP). POFAP aids families with the costs of food, accommodation and babysitting during their childs cancer treatment. If you wish to contribute to the cause please send a cheque to Kitchener Rangers, c/o Clarky’s Kids – Michelle Fortin, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 1Z6. Cheques may be made payable to Kitchener Rangers/Clarky’s Kids.

To find out more about POGO visit their website at

To find out more about Grand River Hospital visit their website at

In photograph: Mary Thibault – Grand River Hospital, David Clarkson – New Jersey Devils and Patti Bambury, RN BScN – Grand River Hospital


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