On July 30th 2011, members of the 501st New England Garrison and Alderaan Base joined forces to support the Skating for Hope event at Buffone Arena in Worcester, MA. Troops came out on the invitation of Dave McGrath, a brain cancer survivor, who organized the event and was skating for 24 straight hours to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Worcester. Hope Lodge provides free rooms to cancer patients from all over the world who are getting treatment in local hospitals. The day was filled with many special guests, each sponsoring an hour of the event. During the “Star Wars Hour”, a special Star Wars collection was raffled off as well. For more information about Dave McGrath’s cancer survival story and the history behind Skating for Hope, visit his blog at http://mylifescanned.blogspot.com/2011/03/skating-for-hope-flyer.html. More information about Skating for Hope, an annual event, can be found here http://www.skatingforhope.myevent.com/index.php.

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