Philadelphia Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival Coverage
Carolyn Vachani MSN, RN, AOCN
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: March 4, 2002
A sold-out crowd of 9,000 fans filled the First Union Center in Philadelphia for the 26th annual Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival. This year's carnival was dedicated to the memory of Jenny Barber, wife of Flyers' head coach, Bill Barber, who died of lung cancer last year. The flyers' family also remembered the life of Stephanie Dornhoffer, daughter of former Flyer and long-time announcer, Gary Dornhoffer, who lost her battle to breast cancer earlier this year.
This year's carnival, through the generosity of the fans and sponsors, raised $1.27 million, the second largest total in carnival history. This brings the 26-year total to over $15 million.
Once again, a major benefactor of the event is The Barry Ashbee Research Laboratory, which conducts pioneering cancer research. The Philadelphia Flyers' and Phantoms' wives vote each year on which charities will receive the funding. This year they have chosen to continue their support of an art gallery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which was dedicated last year. In addition, over 100 other charities will receive support.