Tucker's Teammates

The De St. Dollar Drive is back for the third year!

Reach out to Cade (952.388.4622) or Finn (finndest@icloud.com) to get your team involved!

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@destdollardrive Please mention Team name or Team Leader if applicable.

We are Cade (age 16) and Finn (age 15) De St. Hubert and we are excited to help raise money for Team Tucker with our third annual Dollar Drive. First, thank you to Let’s Play Hockey for sponsoring the drive! We hope to raise $30,000 for Team Tucker and their Very Important Patients program, between January 6 - February 16 this year.

When we were 8 and 7 years old, we were friends and teammates with Tucker Helstrom. He loved sports but we think he loved friends and having fun even more. He was super funny and helped everyone play their best. The week after we all (Cade, Finn, and Tucker) made the Mite 4 team, he found out he had bone cancer in his right leg. We all thought he would be ok, but the chemo didn’t stop the cancer from spreading so he had to have his leg amputated far above his knee. Tucker was only 9 years old and would never play hockey again.  But he didn't let that stop him from being our teammate. Tucker joined us on the bench for every one of our games if he wasn’t in the hospital.

We love to honor our friend by raising money for Tucker's VIPs. The way we help the most is the De St. Dollar Drive. We ask kids to commit to being a Team Leader. That means you pledge to encourage your team to make donations and raise money to help kids that are fighting for their lives, like Tucker had to.  Check out the Very Important Patients page to see some of the kids that Team Tucker has already helped and to learn more about what you will be supporting. Thank you for helping us help Team Tucker!

Team Leaders and Dana at the Hopkins Pavilion
Dana with two boys at hockey rink
Tucker with 2 friends at baseball concession stand
Hopkins Park Hockey Dollar Drive Contributors

The Inspiration for Tucker's Teammates

Tucker was fortunate that his cancer treatment was close to his home, family and friends. Tucker was able to play with others nearly every single day he was in the hospital. However, every week in the hospital, Tucker would notice that there were children, patients that did not have visitors, some not even their parents. That broke Tucker’s heart and he vowed to help these lonely children who were stuck in a hospital with no distraction from their illness.

Sadly, Tucker cannot help those lonely patients, but his Teammates can. To become Tucker’s Teammate simply find a fun way to raise a little money while playing with your friends. Tucker’s Teammates will create funds that will be used to bring the patients’ own “team” to the hospital. Whether they need gas money, transportation, or a hotel room because of the long drive, Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love will provide it. Everyone needs their “team”, and never more than when they are facing a life-threatening health condition. Tucker’s Teammates will make it possible for each VIP (Very Important Patient) to have their “team” by their side.

Please email Dana at dana@playlaughlove.org to tell us about your fundraiser as you become one of Tucker’s Teammates. We look forward to hearing about it and sending you an official Tucker’s Teammate t-shirt. Thank you for caring about these sick kids!

Teammates spotlight

The 10th Ave Art Club was formed when Mason and Paige O’Rourke invited their friends, Vilu and Evy Godfrey, to do a fundraiser for Team Tucker with them. The girls said yes and soon the first board meeting took place. After voting on roles, President Mason, VP Vilu, Secretary Paige and VIP Evy hit the pavement with their pre-scripted
pitch to give to anyone lucky enough to receive a knock at their door. The 10th Ave Art Club continued to have board meetings
during which they created the masterpieces requested by their customers. The Club members inspired their customers so much they generated hundreds in donations. Thank you for all of your time and hard work O’Rourkes and Godfreys!

Four young kids holding their artwork
Commisioned art work

Teammates Gallery

Our Teammates have had fun raising money through baking, creating art, making dog toys, hosting yard sales, and more!