Hearts on Ice a ‘cool’ success

November 2, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News


CVC patients, their families and CVC staff members recently gathered at U-M’s historic Yost Ice Arena for the 15th Annual Hearts on Ice Hockey Challenge.

Michigan’s head hockey coach, Red Berenson, dropped the puck to start the charity game between the Blades (surgery team) and the Pills (cardiology team). The event was a fundraiser for psychosocial programs within the heart transplant and LVAD population. Nearly $2,000 was raised on the day.

This event was founded thanks to Francis Pagani, M.D.’s love of hockey. He played goalie in the inaugural event in 2002. Since then, many other medical personnel, including Jonathon Haft, M.D., have not only joined the teams but learned to skate solely so they could participate.

In its 15-year history, Hearts on Ice has raised more than $75,000. For an event that does not charge an admission fee, this is truly a remarkable feat. The Hearts on Ice committee thanks all of the players, sponsors and the countless others who support this event!