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New Jersey Devils Salutes Courageous Cancer Warrior in Special Hockey Event 

Hillsborough Township

By: Richard L. Smith 

The New Jersey Devils hosted a heartwarming event honoring 13-year-old Charlie Shomers, a brave young fan battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

AdCharlie, hailing from Hillsborough, New Jersey, was diagnosed with Ependymoma in July.

Following a successful tumor removal surgery and six weeks of radiation therapy, Charlie is now on the road to recovery after completing treatment at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

In a gesture of support, the Devils arranged a dream experience for Charlie at their game held on November 25.

His day was packed with unforgettable moments, including signing a one-day contract with General Manager Tom Fitzgerald, receiving an official jersey and locker stall, a meet and greet with his favorite player, Jack Hughes, watching warmups from the penalty box, participating in a ceremonial puck drop, and enjoying a Zamboni ride during the second intermission.

Cancer devils The event also honored Dr. Rahul Parikh, the Medical Director of the Laurie Proton Therapy Center, as the Hero of the Game for his exceptional work in providing advanced radiation therapy treatments.

Adding to the night's special events, Samantha Blossey, whose parents are both cancer survivors, performed the National Anthem, and Lily Giordano of the NJ Colonials was the Junior Captain.AdDr. Steven Libutti, Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, highlighted the importance of the "Hockey Fights Cancer Night," emphasizing the event's role in uplifting cancer patients and supporting cancer research and care.

Additionally, the Devils are dedicated to supporting cancer-related causes.

A Mystery Puck sale will be held, offering player-autographed pucks, with proceeds supporting the Cancer Transportation Program at Community Medical Center. Fans can also bid on the Devils' special Hockey Fights Cancer-themed jerseys, with an auction running online.

The Prudential Center and Devils' social media channels turned lavender for the night, symbolizing cancer awareness, with various in-game activations and presentations.

Fans were encouraged to participate in honoring those affected by cancer, with a special moment of recognition held during the game.

This heartening event spotlighted Charlie's brave fight. It raised crucial awareness and funds for cancer research and patient support, demonstrating the powerful impact of sports communities in rallying for a cause.