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Jan 23, 2014 8:31 AM by Elizabeth Hill

IceGators host MS awareness night

"If I'm ever tired or anything, I just think what's my dad going through, it drives me so much further."

Brothers Kirk and Clark Byczynski have watched their father battle multiple sclerosis for more than ten years.

"Being out here on the ice and him being able to watch us play is just, it's like a dream come true for him because he can't do that kind of stuff. It means a lot to us."

The IceGators will be rocking specially designed jersey's in Friday's game to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis. The game worn jersey's will then be auctioned off to raise money for the national MS foundation.

IceGators general manager Louis Dumont says events like this not only support a worthy organization, but also introduce new fans to the team.

"There are our faithful, loyal fans who love to get a game worn jersey and you get people who just come to the games specifically to support the cause."

In addition to fundraisers during games, Dumont says the team makes a point to get to know their community.

"We get support from our fans so putting it back out there is something we feel is very important."

For the brothers Byczynski, skating for a cause, especially this one, makes the long practice hours and sore muscles worthwhile.

"It just makes you more aware of like how much you take for granted each day," says Clark.

"You just wanna work your butt off I guess and just do everything you can on the ice," says Kirk.

The IceGators will take the ice Friday night in the Cajundome at 7:05. The auction for the game worn jerseys will take place during and after the game.

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