A group of former NHL players is raising money for veterans who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Players’ Foundation of Greater Detroit is trying to help former players with treatment and living expenses after they have been sidelined from the game because of their illnesses.
The foundation was created in December, but only raised $100,000 last month.
It will use the money to help vets and their families who have undergone treatment, help pay for travel to their care facilities and to support charities that support the community.
“They’re trying to raise funds for people who have gone through the same thing as I have,” said former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Scott Harrington, who played in seven NHL seasons.
“It’s really heartwarming.
I think it’s a wonderful thing to see.”
The foundation’s executive director is Steve Wills, who is the brother of former Chicago Blackhawks captain Scott Wills.
He also works with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings.
Steve Wills is the director of the Players’ Charitable Giving Committee, which helps fund the charity.
He said the foundation has already raised about $500,000 for veterans and their family members, but the goal is to reach $1 million in the coming year.
“I’m hoping to raise $1,000,000 to help those guys that have been through the exact same thing I have, and who are in the same situation that I have been,” said Steve Wants.
“It’s just amazing how much the community is helping them out.”
The money raised will be used to help veterans and families with travel expenses, transportation and funeral expenses.
The charity is seeking help with the transition from hockey to life after the game.
It also will help veterans who are homeless and has provided food to some of them.
“If we can help them, we’re happy to help,” said Wills.
“We can help a veteran get out of a tough situation, so that they can go into a better one.”