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      Charity hockey game supports kids battling cancer

      On Tuesday night, the Baldwinsville and Liverpool hockey teams faced off in a charity game to benefit Maureen's Closet.

      The organization supports families facing cancer and other life-changing illnesses.

      Money raised from the game is specifically benefiting eight-year-old Haley Krolik who is battling Wilms tumor, a rare kindey cancer primarily affecting children, and two-year-old Jack Podkaminer, receiving treatment for rabdomyosarcoma, a rare neck cancer.

      "Instead of trying to figure out, I think, what they need for Christmas, we want to be able to just write them a check and say get what you need and not worry about," said Susan Bertrand, who founded Maureen's Closet eight years ago in memory of her sister, who died of cancer.

      The game drew hundreds of hockey fans who were happy to support the cause. "It kinda gets everyone together in some way, even though there's a rivalry between two teams," said Baldwinsville senior Madison Whitney. "Everyone's still getting together and supporting the same cause, so it's good."

      Volunteers with Maureen's Closet say the organization is unique because of its personal attention to individuals in the community.

      "I think it's more of a personal foundation," said volunteer Bridget Florack. "You see where it goes, rather than going to research or whatever, and you never see what that's actually doing."