HAMILTON – The Colgate men’s hockey team hosted a fundraiser in late February for the Leukemia/Lymphona Society and recently sophomore Spiro Goulakos presented a check for over $2,000 to Community Memorial Hospital.
Part of the fundraiser took place during Goulakos’ return to the Starr Rink ice after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma midway through the year. Members of the Raiders helped raise funds on campus with donations from the student body and head coach Don Vaughan and the team left it up to Goulakos on who would benefit from the fundraiser.
“Team members raised funds on campus through donations by the student body and at home games as well as through the sale of game worn jerseys,” Vaughan said. “It was done to help raise awareness of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Spiro suggested a gift to Community Memorial Hospital. Dr. Miller and the staff at CMH were instrumental in helping with early diagnosis of his illness.”
The student body and fans ended up raising $8,000 after the weekend, which featured a 4-1 win over nationally-ranked Union with Goulakos scoring the gamewinning goal. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will also get a generous donation and some of the money will go to the Silver Puck Club, which is a fundraising group for the hockey team.
Goulakos presented the check on April 22 to Sean Fadale, president and CEO of CMH. The defensemen decided to give the money to the hospital as a token of appreciation for all the services provided when he was first diagnosed.