Hockey Challenge Raises $150,000 for Families

Seattle Thunderbirds surround Bretton and his family for the Hockey Challenge puck dropThank you to everyone who helped us raise $150,000 for Hockey Challenge, presented by the Seattle Thunderbirds! This money will help us provide a home away from home for more than 450 families and provide them with critical services, like a stocked pantry and laundry room, volunteer-led hot meals, and more.

“We as an organization are very proud that we are able to help the House raise such a significant sum every year. This Challenge is an important part of our history that we look forward to it every season,” said Colin Campbell, T-Birds Vice-President. “We appreciate the volunteers and alumni that join us every season to make the Challenge such success.”

Hockey Player Mathew Barzal and Bretton pose with a signed stickAdditionally, our Hockey Challenge Kid Captain, Bretton, had a great time at the game. He got to drop the opening puck and met up with players after the game. Mathew Barzal even gave him a signed stick. Bretton’s mom Kara, who attended the event writes that “It was a great night! I’m so proud of Bretton, his fight, his journey, and most of all his compassionate heart to always want to give back.”

We asked Bretton’s hockey coach to tell us a little bit more about this incredible kid. Coach Larry explains, “It’s wonderful that Bretton was honored at Hockey Challenge. Not because he has cancer, but because he is a solid young man and an inspiration to us all. He has such a passion for hockey. He lives, eats, and sleeps hockey! My son and Bretton did nothing but play hockey for years: ice hockey, roller hockey, ball hockey.  Bretton could be found at drop-in games, Blazer games, and practicing his game. He’s always striving to get better.”

The team was happy to cheer Bretton on from afar. “We’ve all been wearing #8, Bretton’s number, a lot. We always want to do whatever we can to support him and his family,” says Coach Larry. “When Bretton decides it’s time to skate again, he always has a place with our team.”

If you missed out on Hockey Challenge, there’s still time to donate. Visit our donation page and pick “Hockey Challenge” as the gift designation.

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At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, we support seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle House, we provide a "home-away-from-home" to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care. Our IRS tax number or EIN is: 91-1061043.

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