September 10, 2012

Islanders Hockey Club raises over $12,000 for Jimmy Fund

By Jesse Connolly

Thanks to the efforts of each and every member of their EJHL and Empire League teams, Islanders Hockey Club announced they’ve been able to raise over $12,000 through the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

"Between both my personal family and the Islanders hockey family, over $12,000 has been donated to date as part of Avalanna's Angels Against AT/RT," said Sean Tremblay, head coach and general manager of the Islanders. "We are not done as more people continue to donate. We have until November 1, 2012 to raise more money.  

“I am blown away by the generosity of all of my friends and family both personally and professionally. Yesterday was a great day for our team as we all walked together from Boston College to Copley Square in honor of Avalanna Routh and in memory of Guy Lajeunesse."

With over 80 registered participants walking on behalf of Avalanna’s Angels on Sunday, the team has now raised over $50,000 and is the No. 1 Jimmy Fund team.

“Walking for Avalanna Routh and Guy Lajeunesse was better than any game we could have played this past weekend and we all look forward to next year’s walk,” Tremblay said. “I want to thank Cam and Aileen Routh for allowing us to be a part of their lives and to have a special girl like Avalanna be a part of our family. I also want to say thanks to June Lajeunesse for letting us walk in memory of Guy, father of current Islanders Kyle Lajeunesse who passed away this past May of brain cancer. Both people are very dear to our hearts and yesterday is a day that all of us will remember for a long time.”

Avalanna’s Angels’ mission is to find a cure for atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), a rare tumor usually diagnosed in childhood. To read more about Avalanna Routh, click here.

To help the Islanders’ fundraising efforts, check out coach Tremblay’s page on the Jimmy Fund website.