New York Islanders’ Anders Lee and Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk join forces off the ice to raise funds for kids fighting cancer.Crosstown rivals Anders Lee and Kevin Shattenkirk will team up Saturday, June 22 in the first annual “Renny Jam” Kan Jam Jamathon to benefit the Jam Kancer in the Kan Foundation.
Since 2017, both Shattenkirk and Lee have raised more than $600,000 combined for New York-area families affected by cancer. Proceeds from the Renny Jam will benefit The Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation
Anders Lee was struck with inspiration in 2016 after seeing a video of then 15-year-old cancer patient Fenov Pierre-Louis’s speech at the Third Annual Scotch Plains Kancer Jam.
Today would have been Fenov’s HIgh School graduation. We all hoped that he’d live long enough to walk with his classmates. We know he’ll be there in spirit, and though today is a sad day, it also strengthens our resolve to spread his message of hope & positivity.
F U, kancer. pic.twitter.com/DnzP40iuJL
— JamKancerInTheKan (@jamkancer) June 20, 2019
Hey @NYIslanders fans!
— Anders Lee (@leeberr09) June 14, 2019
Lee felt compelled to do something to give back, and in 2017 organized the first annual Anders Lee Kancer Jam which featured Fenov Pierre-Louis as the Guest speaker. Inspired by Lee’s event, both Zach Bogosian and Kevin Shattenkirk started their own Jam Kancer events.
The first Kevin Shattenkirk Kancer Jam took place in 2018 and raised nearly $100,000, and a second event was held in February of 2019. The proceeds went to the Garden of Dreams Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of Montefiore.
Thirty-six two-person teams will compete in the event, including teammates from both the Rangers and Islanders as well as both kids and families affected by cancer.
After hosting his last event at the Versa at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, Kevin Shattenkirk and Anders Lee will be back at the Versa for their first event.
Prizes include NHL game tickets, signed team memorabilia, and hotel accommodations in NYC. The tournament begins at 12 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.