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June 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 12
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BARKOV MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS & FAMILIES AT JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

May 17, 2021) – Aleksander Barkov will do more than just ‘light the lamp’ with each NHL goal he scores this season, he’s also helping kids being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH). The Florida Panthers captain will donate $1,600 for each goal he scores and $800 for each he assists on to the children’s hospital’s nonprofit foundation and recently announced the philanthropic campaign will continue throughout postseason play. Barkov also provides a suite for games at the BB&T Center for use by those connected to the pediatric facility.  
 
After scoring 27 goals and assisting on 33 during the regular season and first game of the playoffs, Barkov’s current contribution is $69,600.  
 
“I am happy to continue my support of JDCH during the 2020-21 NHL season,” said Barkov, affectionately called “Sasha” by family and friends. “Knowing I can bring a smile to the kids, families, and the hospital staff is personally satisfying and I’m looking forward to visiting the children’s hospital again sometime soon.”
 
Barkov has previously made several trips to tour the expanding pediatric facility and meet with children, parents, caregivers, and administrators. With each visit, he brings gifts, signs autographs, and poses for photos. 
 
“Sasha has been a great ambassador for ‘Joe D.’ and a credit to the South Florida community,” said Kevin Janser, senior vice president and chief development officer for Memorial Healthcare System. “He has selflessly shared his time and brought joy to those impacted by illness. We’re proud to have him on our team and wish all the Panthers the best of luck in the playoffs.” 
 
Updates on the alliance between the hockey star and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be chronicled throughout the season on the foundation’s social media sites on Facebook (@jdchfoundation) and Instagram (@jdch_foundation). Fans can also search #BarkovScores4JoeD.
 
Barkov, the son of Russian parents who grew up in Finland, won the 2018-19 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player that combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct, and a high standard of playing ability. A Boca Raton resident, Barkov was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft and has played his entire NHL career for the Panthers.  
 
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches. 
 
The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.  
 
To learn more about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, visit jdch.com and connect with @jdchospital on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and  Instagram.   
 
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