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Chris Garner Benefit Auction This Sunday

Chris Garner Benefit Auction

It’s always amazed me how tight-knit the hockey community – specifically college hockey – is.

Chris Garner is the equipment manager for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Currently, he is battling MDS (Myelodysplatic Syndrome), formerly known as pre-leukemia. Chris was diagnosed with this disease earlier this year and is currently awaiting a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant. If Chris does not receive a bone marrow transplant, the risk of his current bone marrow transitioning into AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) would be extremely high. His medical team feels the transplant is needed and can possibly prolong his life.

A donor match for Chris was found in June of 2010. Chris will begin the transplant process at the Mayo Clinic in early August of 2010. Before the actual bone marrow transplant, Chris will undergo large doses of chemotherapy to destroy the abnormal cells currently in his bone marrow. The prognosis for Chris is unknown. Every patient responds differently to a transplant.

When Chris recovers from the treatment he will then work his way back to the hockey arena. Chris has had a lifelong love of the sport of hockey. He has been around the game, both playing and working, all his life. He has been an equipment manager at the professional and college level for over 13 years. This disease is prohibiting Chris from working and being around the game because of the treatment and his low immune system (caused by MDS) which cannot fight the germs and bacteria that are common in the hockey arena.

The bone marrow transplant is a very expensive procedure. Chris was told he will bare some of the medical costs associated with the procedure along with the additional costs of relocating to Rochester, Minn. for the treatment until he gets the okay to begin work and move back home to Duluth, Minn.

Your help and support is greatly needed. Costs for this procedure are extremely high and not completely covered by insurance. In an effort to alleviate Chris’ expenses, Jeremiah Minkel, equipment manager at St. Cloud State and a longtime time friend of Chris’ is holding an online auction that starts this Sunday, Oct. 24th.

A link for the auction can be found by clicking here.

One of the items included is a Merrimack College gold jersey.

The list of items up for auction is impressive, to say the least:

ZACH PARISE BAUER SUPREME ONE95 STICK LEFT 95FLX AUTOGRAPHED, NEW JERSEY DEVILS (NHL)
PAUL STASTNY SHERWOOD SOP 7000 WOOD STICK LEFT AUTOGRAPGHED, COLORADO AVALANCHE (NHL)
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN CCM VECTOR STICK RIGHT RBK BLADE 110FLX, ATLANTA THRASHERS (NHL)
T.J. OSHIE WARRIOR DOLOMITE SPYNE STICK RIGHT AUTOGRAPHED, ST. LOUIS BLUS (NHL)
DREW STAFFORD BAUER VAPOR X60 STICK RIGHT 102 FLX AUTOGRAPHED, BUFFALO SABRES (NHL)
KYLE QUINCEY BAUER VAPOR X60 STICK LEFT 117 FLX AUTOGRAPHED, COLORADO AVALANCHE (NHL)
TYLER BOZAK REEBOK 10K STICK RIGHT 85 FLX AUTOGRAPHED, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (NHL)
CHRIS BUTLER BAUER SUPREME ONE95 STICK LEFT 107FLX AUTOGRAPHED, BUFFALO SABRES (NHL)
CASEY BORER REEBOK 10K STICK LEFT AUTOGRAPHED, CAROLINA HURRICANES (NHL) /CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (AHL)
ALEX STALOCK REEBOK GOAL STICK LEFT AUTOGRAPHED, WORCESTER SHARKS (AHL)
ERIKA LAWLER BAUER VAPOR X60 STICK RIGHT 67 FLX, AUTOGRAPHED BY THE 2010 WOMENS OLYMPIC TEAM, 20 AUTOGRAPHS
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING SIOUX CHRISTIAN WOOD STICK 2009-2010 TEAM AUTOGRAPHED
CALVIN PICKARD RBK GOAL STICK LEFT AUTOGRAPHED SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS (WHL) 2ND ROUND 47TH OVERALL 2010 DRAFT
TYLER JOHNSON BAUER SUPREME ONE95 STICK RIGHT AUTOGRAPHED SPOKANE CHIEFS(WHL), MEMBER OF 2010 TEAM USA WORLD JUNIOR GOLD MEDAL
NICKLAS LIDSTROM WARRIOR DOLOMITE SPYNE LEFT 85 FLEX AUTOGRAPHED, DETROIT RED WINGS (NHL)
MIKE MODANO WARRIOR DOLOMITE SPYNE LEFT AUTOGRAPHED, DETROIT RED WINGS (NHL)
BRENT BURNS WARRIOR DOLOMITE RIGHT AUTOGRAPHED TEAM CANADA, MINNESOTA WILD (NHL)
BRAD LUKOWICH EASTON SE16 GRIP LEFT AUTOGRAPHED WON 2 STANLEY CUPS W/ DALLAS & TAMPA, DALLAS STARS (NHL)
MATT CULLEN WARRIOR AK27 LEFT AUTOGRAPHED, MINNESOTA WILD (NHL)
NIKLAS BACKSTROM WARRIOR GOAL STICK GAME USED AUTOGRAPHED MINNESOTA WILD TEAM (NHL)
DALLAS STARS PRACTICE BLUE JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED BY MODANO
WASHINGTON CAPITALS RED REPLICA PREMIERE JERSEY AUTOGRAPGHED BY TEAM
COLORADO AVALANCHE WHITE GAME JERSEY AUTHENTIC & AUTOGRAPHED BY SAKIC
CHICAGO BLAWKHAWKS RED REPLICA JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED BY BYFUGLIEN
MINNESOTA WILD RED GAME JERSEY AUTHENTIC & AUTOGRAPHED BY TEAM
MINNESOTA WILD NAVY PRACTICE JERSEY & AUTOGRAPHED BY TEAM
AIR FORCE WHITE JERSEY
AMERICAN INTL WHITE JERSEY
ARMY GOLD JERSEY
CANISIUS WHITE JERSEY
UCONN WHITE JERSEY
UCONN (WOMENS) BLUE JERSEY
UCONN BLUE JERSEY
HOLY CROSS PURPLE JERSEY
MERCYHURST GREEN JERSEY
MERCYHURST (WOMENS) WHITE JERSEY
NIAGARA BLACK JERSEY
RIT ORANGE JERSEY
ALASKA BLUE JERSEY ,
ALASKA WHITE JERSEY ,
BOWLING GREEN ORANGE JERSEY
BOWLING GREEN WHITE JERSEY
FERRIS STATE CRISMON JERSEY
MIAMI WHITE JERSEY
MICHIGAN WHITE JERSEY
MICHIGAN STATE GREEN JERSEY
MICHIGAN STATE GREEN JERSEY
NORTHERN MICHIGAN GREEN JERSEY
NOTRE DAME GREEN JERSEY
NOTRE DAME GOLD JERSEY
OHIO STATE WHITE JERSEY
OHIO STATE RED JERSEY
OHIO STATE GRAY JERSEY
WESTERN MICHIGAN BLACK JERSEY
BROWN WHITE JERSEY
BROWN (WOMENS) WHITE JERSEY
CLARKSON WHITE JERSEY
COLGATE WHITE JERSEY
CORNELL WHITE JERSEYS
HARVARD WHITE JERSEY
RENSSELAER RED JERSEY
ST. LAWRENCE RED JERSEY
UNION GARNET JERSEY
BOSTON COLLEGE WHITE JERSEY
BOSTON U. RED JERSEY
BOSTON U. WHITE JERSEY
MAINE BLUE JERSEY
UMASS LOWELL RED JERSEY
UMASS LOWELL RED JERSEY
MASSACHUSETTS MAROON JERSEY
MERRIMACK YELLOW JERSEY
NEW HAMPSHIRE WHITE JERSEY
NORTHEASTERN BLACK JERSEY
PROVIDENCE BLACK JERSEY
PROVIDENCE (WOMENS) BLACK JERSEY
VERMONT GREEN JERSEY
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE GREY JERSEY ,
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE WHITE JERSEY
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE YELLOW JERSEY
BEMIDJI STATE WHITE JERSEY
COLORADO COLLEGE WHITE JERSEY
COLORADO COLLEGE WHITE JERSEY
DENVER WHITE JERSEY
DENVER WHITE JERSEY
MICHIGAN TECH BLACK JERSEY
MINNESOTA WHITE JERSEY
MINNESOTA (WOMENS) WHITE JERSEY
MINNESOTA STATE MANKATO PURPLE JERSEY
MINNESOTA-DULUTH MAROON JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED
BY STALOCK
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA WHITE JERSEY
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA RED JERSEY
NORTH DAKOTA BLACK JERSEY
NORTH DAKOTA (WOMENS) WHITE JERSEY
ST. CLOUD STATE RED JERSEY
ST. CLOUD STATE WHITE JERSEY
WISCONSIN WHITE
SOUTHERN MINNESOTA EXPRESS BLACK JERSEY (NAHL)
NAVAL ACADEMY GOLD JERSEY (ACHA – CLUB)
PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS WHITE JERSEY(WHA)
AUTOGRAPHED BY TEAM
PEORIA RIVERMEN WHITE JERSEY (AHL)
PEORIA RIVERMEN BLUE PRACTICE JERSEY (AHL)
PORTLAND PIRATES RED JERSEY (AHL)

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