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QC Storm Help Raise Awareness of Cancer

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Jen Knutsen of Bettendorf, painting the names of friends and family.

With help from the Quad City Storm, local residents can honor friends and family who have battled or are currently battling cancer. Monday they were invited to paint names on the ice at the TaxSlayer Center for the third annual Hockey Fights Cancer game on Saturday.

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some of the names painted on the ice at the TaxSlayer Center

Zoe Yates of Rock Island wanted to remember her grandparents who both died of cancer.

"We remember them in general but we always forget what they were dealing with, especially toward the end of their life when they were really going through it and they were trying their hardest to be as lively as they could be."

Jesse Ague from Rock Island hopes painting the names of his grandfather and great aunt will help to raise awareness of cancer.

Alison Beardsley, director of Oncology Services at UnityPoint Health - Trinity hopes this will remind people of the importance of early detection and cancer screenings.

"I think it's about the emotional support for their family members and friends that are impacted by cancer. So whether it's because they've lost a loved one and they want to honor them or really show their support for someone that is going through the battle with cancer, I think it really means a lot."

On Saturday night, the Quad City Storm will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned after the game to raise money for the Trinity Cancer Center.