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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Why should I help support Hockey vs Cancer. What is the impact of my support?

Your gift, pooled with other support, will help us deliver funds to families fighting cancer and struggling to pay their everyday living expenses. If a Dad or Mom has cancer a child may have to forgo playing hockey or soccer or any after school activities. We don’t think this is right and we want to help.

Where does the money I donate go?

All money collected goes directly to a family struggling to pay their bills because a family member is afflicted with cancer. Although there are a few expenses we can’t find a way around. like credit card fees, we give away everything left after these expenses are paid.

How much of our donations goes to salaries?

None. We are all volunteers. No one at Hockey vs Cancer receives a salary. We do not use outside fund raisers or marketers. We do our own accounting and office work. All initial operating expenses such as office space, computers, registration fees, etc. were donated by the President of Hockey vs Cancer. These cost will not be reimbursed no matter how much money is donated. When we say all donations go to needy families we mean all donations.

Are you a registered charity?

We are a registered non profit corporation. All corporate records are available to the public at the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Are you really hockey players?

Yes, although if you saw some of these guys play you might disagree.

How do I get a tax deduction for my donation?

Your credit card receipt is your proof of a charitable donation. Bring it to your tax preparer at tax time.

Who started Hockey vs Cancer?

After years of playing hockey and having player after player come in with a cancer story, Rick Irving looked around for a way to give back. He found that the real challenge was to keep the family together and get the bills paid while fighting cancer. Rick decided enough people were giving to cancer research and after 100 years there is still no cure. A decision to fund this charity was made easier when Rick’s two older brothers died from brain and pancreatic cancer. In the memory of James and Jack Irving, Hockey vs Cancer was born.

How will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affect my donation?

Please visit our Charitable Donations: New Tax Laws page.