As the temperature outside gets colder, cancer patients across the Midwest will be a little warmer thanks to the blankets made during the seventh annual Aidan Project. The Aidan Project, which is sponsored by Circle K and Knott Hall, took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in South Dining Hall on Saturday. Members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s families, the South Bend Kiwanis Club, the Nappanee High School Key Club and the Manchester University Circle K joined in making 203 blankets for cancer patients of all ages, which will be delivered to hospitals throughout the Midwest. The Aidan Project was introduced in 2006 and named for Aidan Fitzgerald, a graduate of the Class of 2010 who was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his sophomore year. Fitzgerald said his roommate at the time, 2009 alumnus Chris Esber, was involved with Circle K and decided to rebrand the group’s Blanket Bash as The Aidan Project. Fitzgerald said participation in the rebranded event went from around 30 people to more than 200. Fitzgerald said the event is about more than just making blankets. “This isn’t about me. This event exists because cancer is a ubiquitous issue. I just happen to have my name attached to it,” he said. “It’s also not about the number of blankets we make. It’s about raising awareness.” Fitzgerald said he had a strong, focused attitude when he was battling cancer. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I was going to recover. It was anticlimactic when I finished chemo therapy because nothing felt different,” he said. “I think it was harder for my friends and family than for me, because for me the process was clear while they were removed from it and left to wonder what was going on.” Cancer treatment was a difficult but important part of his life, Fitzgerald said, and is now something he can joke about. “It sucked, but it was a defining moment in my life and it taught me a new appreciation for things,” he said. “I also like to make light of the having gone through cancer. Since it was testicular cancer and they did have to remove one, I picked up a few nicknames.” Those who have cancer just want a return to normalcy, Fitzgerald said. “That’s why it’s great to just make blankets instead of something over the top. When you go through chemo you lose your hair and everything, so you get cold,” he said. “A blanket is just what they need.” Fitzgerald, who currently lives in Indianapolis, participated in this year’s event with his fiancÃ©e. He said he was glad that students were willing to take the time to make blankets for cancer patients. “It’s cool to see people here on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in or watching TV, or doing anything but coming out to make blankets,” he said. Sophomores Emily Mediate and Hilary Johnson, co-chairs of Circle K Special Projects, organized the event. Mediate said she enjoyed planning the Aidan Project because it afforded her the opportunity to be involved from the beginning stages through to delivering the blankets. Johnson said she enjoys the project because of what it means to the individuals, mostly children, who receive the blankets. “It’s a great way to impact the lives of the kids. You wouldn’t think a blanket that took 20 minutes to make would put such a big smile on a kid’s face, but it does and it makes a big difference,” Johnson said. Mediate said they contacted hospitals around the Midwest about how many blankets each wanted, and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis ordered the greatest number. She said Circle K members who live near the participating hospitals deliver the blankets when they return home for winter break. In preparation for the event, the group bought 1,000 yards of fleece for $4,000, the funds for which come from a grant from Kiwanis International and fundraising efforts, which include Aidan Project T-shirt sales. Mediate said after purchasing the fleece they pre-cut it to specified sizes. On Saturday, students made either single or double layered blankets from the fleece. She said students were able to choose their preferred fleece pattern for each blanket and could make a card to go along with the blanket. Junior Molly Daily, who participated in the event for the third time, said she believes the Aidan Project is a simple way to do something good. “It’s a really easy way to do something good,” Daily said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time and its really fun.”
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those in attendance for game two between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers got their money’s worth and then some last night. The contest had everything one could ask for in a hockey game and in the end it was the Huskies coming out on top with a 7-6 double overtime win to tie the best of seven semifinal series at one.Fort St. John had a difficult start to the game as they were badly outshot over the opening 20 minutes at 12-4, however a late goal kept them on equal footing at one a piece.The late tally seemed to spark the legs of the Huskies after the intermission as they scored twice in a 38 second span early in the second. Down by two the Flyers kept skating hard and three unanswered goals over the final 17 and a half minutes put them up one heading to the third period.- Advertisement -Over the final 20 minutes the teams went back and forth. Fort St. John successfully killed off a five on three Fairview power play and used the momentum to take the lead late at 6-5. In what could have been an emotionally crushing turn of events the Flyers tied the game at six with under a second left after a scramble in the crease to force overtime.Despite surrendering the late goal the Huskies would not feel sorry for themselves. The first overtime period solved nothing, but in the second extra period a seeing eye shot from the point by Lou Giesbrecht found it’s way into the Fairview goal to give Fort St. John the big win.Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said with the momentum changing throughout the contest it would have been easy for his squad to fold up shop, however they kept plugging away and were rewarded for their work.Advertisement “There was a lot of good battles going on out there. We could have let that one get away from us but we just found ways to score goals tonight and we came out on top,” he said.With a young squad some of the Huskies inexperienced players struggled in game one, but Alexander gave props to them in game two for having a strong turnaround which showed up on the score sheet with plenty of secondary scoring.“We’ve got some good young talent over here that can score goals. That first game was a real learning lesson for us especially for a lot of our young guys who haven’t been in a semifinal. After that first game they had to amp their game up and they definitely brought a better game,” he said.Scoring for the Huskies were Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell (2), Lucien Serban, Josh Robinson, Ryan McDonald, and Lou Giesbrecht.Advertisement While six goals against may seem like a lot, each of them was hard earned by Fairview. Brody Nelson had another strong outing as he made 48 saves, including a number of clutch stops on the five on three penalty kill in the third period.Game three between the clubs will be in Fairview tomorrow night at 8:30. The series will return to Fort St. John for game four at 8 p.m. on Saturday.