Monday, October 18, 2010

UMD Equipment Manager Chris Garner Benefit

Hockey Fans, here is a chance to help one of college hockey's good guys, and bid on some great NCAA and pro hockey game worn jerseys and memorabilia. Chris Garner, hockey equipment manager at the University of Minnesota Duluth is currently battling MDS (Myelodysplatic Syndrome), formerly known as Pre-Leukemia. Chris was diagnosed with this disease earlier this year and recieved a potentially life saving bone marrow transplant at the end of July. If Chris did not receive a bone marrow transplant, the risk of his current bone marrow transitioning into AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) would be extremely high. Fortunatly, a donor match for Chris was found in June of 2010 and Chris has begun the transplant process at Mayo Clinic. The bone marrow transplant is a very expensive procedure and Chris must bare some of the medical costs associated with the procedure along with the costs of relocating to Rochester, MN for the treatment until he is cleared to return to work and move back home to Duluth.

Jeremiah Minkel, ( St. Cloud State Hockey equipment manager, met Chris when they were both student assistants at SCSU and they have been close friends ever since. Jeremiah has put together an on-line auction that will be starting October 24th at to raise funds to help offset Chris's medical costs not covered by insurance. To date we have collected 82 college and pro jerseys, over 20 autographed sticks and many other items that were graciously donated.

Donated items and cash can be sent to:

St. Cloud State University
Attention: Jeremiah Minkel
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Please make checks out to "C/O Chris Garner"

Cards and letters of support can be mailed to:

Chris Garner
1765 10th Ave. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Thank you very much for your support,

Friends of Chris
When I got the e-mail this afternoon I knew that this was a cause that the Badger hockey family would fully embrace. I know we have a ton of jersey nuts that read this website every day, including some of the writers of this site. I don't know Chris personally, but he sounds like a damn good guy and someone that I would like to help out.

Like previously mentioned, the auction starts on Sunday and I'll put up another reminder Sunday morning.

For a list of items, e-mail me ( and i'll send it to you. It's impressive.