Our Mission

Our Fight, Our Cause, Our Mission!

About Give Blood Play Hockey

Our Fight, Our Cause, Our Mission!

The 11th Annual Give Blood Play Hockey Charity In-Line Tournament is quickly approaching and the fight against Pediatric Cancer is more important than ever. Over 13,500 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. – that’s 37 children a day. That’s why Give Blood Play Hockey is directing 100% of funds raised to help find a cure.

With the support of our hockey community, several hockey families came together to support a common passion, the health and future of our children. Our event started as a simple service project in memory of my grandfather and has grown far larger than we could have ever imagined. Since our founding in 2007, we have donated $750,000 to CHOC Children’s Hospital, collected 2573 pints of life saving blood, and have helped kids fight pediatric cancer.

In 2012, we asked an important question of our players, coaches, sponsors and fans: “Who Do You Play For?Stories were shared of victories and loved ones lost to this horrible disease, everyone united to “Skate For a Cure.” That year, 102 teams battled in 18 divisions for the coveted Blood Cup. Over 3,000 spectators watched competitive hockey, were entertained by the skills competition, shopped dozens of vendors, were fed by top rated restaurants, and enjoyed plenty of fun entertainment throughout the weekend.

In February of 2013, the new wing of CHOC Children’s Hospital was dedicated and opened its doors to the first patients on the Oncology floor. It was beyond our wildest dreams to see our hard work come to fruition in the Give Blood Play Hockey Patient Care Room and Medication Station. Give Blood Play Hockey was also honored with the CHOC Charley Hester Award for Outstanding Volunteer Organization. Our 2013 event marked some other firsts as well; the No Hair Don’t Care campaign kicked off and 26 generous individuals donated their hair to the Locks of Love Foundation. In addition, the first annual Keeper Award was presented and will perpetually reside next to the Blood Cup commending the name of the team that raises the most money each year. Most importantly, we moved our focus to support funding of Research for Clinical Trials and Research into the Genomics of Diseases like Cancer and Blood Disorders. We did so, because we were inspired by our ambassador, Casey Strale, who courageously battled a rare cancer called Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma for almost 4 years. Without CHOC’s specialized team of doctors and surgeons, he would not have survived more than a week when initially diagnosed. Casey lost his fight on June 24, 2013.

In 2014, we met now 9-year-old Niko Greco, who is bravely battling Leukemia. It’s because of these warriors that we need to keep fighting and invite you to join the Give Blood Play Hockey team as we continue our commitment to Research and Development to find new treatments and to someday find a cure for kids like Casey and Niko.

This fall, we are asking our supporters to “Bleed By Example.” We invite you to donate blood, play hockey, volunteer your time, donate items or just come out to support this great event. Online team registration will open on July 1, 2017. There is also a Direct Donation Pay Link on the website where you can make a donation to CHOC Children’s in the name of your hero or team. We have no doubt that the 2017 event will be our best event yet. The count down until the tournament, scheduled for October 19-22, 2017 at The Rink Irvine Inline has begun. We cannot wait to drop the first puck for our 11th annual event. The planning is in full swing and we’d like you to be involved. We hope that you will join us as the “Fight For The Kids” continues. You can read all about the tournament at www.givebloodplayhockey.org and LIKE us on Facebook. Do you want to make a donation, be a sponsor, give blood, or be a volunteer? Please email us at juliearuff@gmail.com.