Police play charity game as NHL gets under way


After 113 heart-breaking days, Detroit Red Wings fans can finally start planning trips to Joe Louis Arena to pay and watch their favorite team. Though most of these players play for the love of the game, there are a few hockey players that may be playing for an even greater cause—hope for a nine-year-old boy.

On Aug. 13, 2012, Austin Valentine was diagnosed with a brain tumor, stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme. After receiving treatment for four days, Valentine’s tumor spread to his spine, causing him to have to undergo radiation treatments.

Valentine’s aunt, Debbie Bergum, started a Facebook page as a special “prayer page” for her nephew called Austin’s Angel Army. There are over 2,000 “angels” on Facebook that are praying for him now.

Al Harbin, Valentine’s stepfather, and a few of his co-workers at the Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department have set up a charity event for Valentine and his family.

A hockey game will be held at the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, Mich., between the WCAAPD and Southgate Police Department Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door and free to children under six. There will be 50/50 raffles, an autographed Red Wings picture and much more.

If you have anything you would like to raffle off, or would like to make a donation, call Debbie Bergum at 734-363-9944.

There is a Facebook event page, Goals For Austin Charity Game, with more information for those who are interested in attending the fundraiser.

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