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Methodist and UNO Ready to Stick it to Brain Cancer

Published: March 1, 2017

OMAHA —  Friday night’s UNO hockey game against top-ranked Denver will be in the national spotlight – what a better time to “Stick it to Brain Cancer”!

Methodist, UNO and LEAP-for-A-CURE are teaming up to raise awareness and dollars, while also honoring the late Heather Roberts, at Friday’s hockey battle at Baxter Arena.

A dedicated friend of Methodist, UNO and many others, Heather Roberts lost her battle with brain cancer late last year. After being diagnosed in 2008, Heather, along with her family, founded LEAP-for-a-CURE to raise money to benefit brain cancer awareness, education and treatment in the Omaha community.

To date, Heather’s efforts have raised over $700,000 to fund equipment, technology and resources for patients of Methodist Heath System.

A moment of silence in Heather’s honor will be observed prior to the playing of the National Anthem.

While Heather may have lost her battle, UNO hockey fans can help carry on her dream Friday night.

Before, during and after the game visit the LEAP-for-a-CURE table on the concourse to donate and win a UNO Maverick baseball suite package and watch UNO battle Creighton in style at Werner Park. The suite package includes 18 suite level tickets and a $250 food and beverage voucher.

To earn your chance at the suite package, donate $5 for one ticket; a $15 donation equals a short sleeve LEAP-for-a-CURE Maverick hockey fan jersey plus one ticket; or donate $20 for a long sleeve Leap-for-a-Cure Maverick hockey fan jersey plus one ticket.

“We are so proud to partner with the UNO and appreciate their willingness to support this wonderful cause,” said Stephen Zubrod, vice president and chief marketing officer for Methodist Health System. “Heather and her family have done so much in the Omaha community to raise awareness for brain cancer and funds to assist patients in need of care at Methodist. It’s important to us that we carry on Heather’s legacy and continue to help those diagnosed with brain cancer.”

Puck drops at 7:37 p.m. Friday and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.