MORRISTOWN, NJ- The Randolph hockey community proved itself as a tight knit, intense group that will do anything to help a friend or family in need. On Sunday June 1, supporters poured into Mennen Arena in Morristown to participate or spectate in a 3 x 3 hockey tournament in support of Stefan Tamminga and his family.
Stefan was extremely happy that the community gathered to support him and his family through a game that has been his passion since he stepped on ice for the first time at four years old. Tamminga said "The Randolph hockey community is just like one giant team, and I am so grateful they are helping to support me.”
Stefan is a Randolph High School student, and long-time New Jersey Colonials travel hockey player who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma this past September, the beginning of his senior year. The best treatment option for Stefan is a relatively new concept called Proton Therapy Radiation. This type of treatment limits the damage to the patient’s body from radiation, but because it has only been used for the past ten years it is still considered experimental, and not covered by the Tamminga’s insurance.
The hockey community came together for the ‘Beat the Puck out of Cancer’ fundraiser tournament on Sunday to support the Tamminga family emotionally and financially. Tickets to participate and play in the event sold out shortly after they went on sale, and spectators either made generous monetary donations, or bought merchandise such as T-shirts or hockey pucks to help contribute to the cause.
Stefan’s mother, Dana Tamminga was extremely pleased with the turnout and very thankful towards the Randolph hockey community. “It’s great to see how people will make themselves available to support a great friend and cause when it really matters,” said Tamminga.
Along with friends and family, several organizations made generous gestures towards the Tamminga family’s fundraiser. Middlebury Sports Apparel donated the jerseys for each and every player, while the N.J. Colonials graciously donated five hours of ice time at Mennen Arena for the event; the Tamminga family was extremely thankful to both organizations.
Traci and Bob Early both helped organize the fundraiser and were excited to see the success the event had locally in Randolph and also Morris County. “I’m glad everything worked out so well, Randolph is really a hockey community,” said Bob Early.
Stefan will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall where he hopes to be part of the hockey team and develop the same bonds with his teammates just as he has in Randolph. “This sport has always created a brotherhood that forms intense bonds,” said Stefan.
In order to help Stefan’s fight against cancer, donations are accepted through the mail.
Checks should be made out to Eric C. Blohm Foundation with a memo naming ‘Stefan Tamminga.’
The letter can be sent to Nicole Hakim of Colavito & Associates, LLC. 111 Howard Boulevard, Suite 150 in Mount Arlington, N.J. 07856.
In order to follow Stefan’s fight against cancer viewers can log onto www.caringbridge.org and type his name into the box in the upper right hand corner.