Fundraiser Will Benefit Cancer Patient

Fundraiser Will Benefit Cancer Patient Click to Enlarge Photo: Sartell Sabres

(KNSI) - The Sartell Sabres will be raising money next week to help out a family whose young boy has a rare form of kidney cancer.

The Sabres vs. Cancer week will raise money to benefit two-year-old Ivan Bender, who is undergoing six months of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

During surgery to remove a tumor on Ivan's kidney the tumor ruptured, allowing potential for the cancer cells to spread.

Ivan's mom, Ariel Bender is a technology teacher at Sartell High School.

Ariel took a leave of absence this year to care for her son.

The fundraiser begins on Tuesday with a Sartell-Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres girl's hockey game at Bernick's Pepsi Arena at 7:15 p.m.

Sartell Activities Director Ryan Hauge says it's not all about wins and losses for the athletes.

"I think there's a great lesson in that I know for our players that you're doing something bigger than the sport you play."

There will also be opportunities to pitch in during a silent auction at the boy's basketball home game Thursday, January 18 at 7:15 p.m.

The fundraiser wraps up with a girl's basketball home game Friday, January 19 at 7:15 p.m.

"For families that come out there's a conversation you get to have with your own son or daughter about, hey look, you know we went to this game and look at what we did and look at the great community we live in."

Sabres v. Cancer t-shirts are on sale for $10 at the high school.

Admission is free if you buy a t-shirt, but they will be accepting free will donations as well.

Students can also purchase tributes to someone they know affected by cancer that will be put up around the gym.

If you can't make it to the games but would like to donate, a gofundme account has been setup for the family pay for expenses.

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