Fri, 08 May 2015 06:12:34 EST
The HearStrong Foundation has named Patrick Kane a HearStrong Ambassador for his efforts to further hearing loss awareness and help inspire those with hearing loss to chase their dreams.
Syracuse, NY (May 8, 2015) - In the midst of a Stanley Cup playoff run, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane made the time to stand up for hearing loss awareness—a cause that’s close to his heart.
During a special ceremony in Chicago on April 17, Kane was recognized as a HearStrong Ambassador by the HearStrong Foundation for his determination to celebrate his cousin, Brendan Kane, for overcoming his hearing loss to achieve his personal, academic, and athletic goals.
While Patrick was unable to attend the ceremony in person, he surprised his cousin with a heartfelt video message.
Currently one of the NHL’s leading scorers, Kane was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks as the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Kane has won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, the first in 2010 (during which he scored the game-winning goal in overtime) and the second in 2013. For his standout performance during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring 19 points in 23 games, Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player.
“We are honored to have Patrick as a HearStrong Ambassador,” said Ed Keller, founder and president of the HearStrong Foundation. “His commitment to empowering his cousin and others with hearing loss to take control of their lives will truly impact our mission to reach the more than 30 million Americans with untreated hearing loss.”
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