Special Skate for an Important Cause


Note: We received a message from old friend Joe Rivera (equipment manager and emergency backup goalie from the old Philadelphia Phantoms days, nowadays a realtor). It is our pleasure to pass the letter along on Joe's behalf.


On March 4th 2008 Amelia Catherine Rivera was born. She weighed 3lbs 8 ounces. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew she was special. When she took her first breath, she was a fighter. They immediately rushed her over to a breathing machine. A few hours later she was breathing on her own.

I am sure most of you who know me have heard Mia’s story, but for those who haven’t this was the day my life changed forever. When you google Amelia Rivera, you will read about the battle we went through to get her the kidney transplant. On July 3, 2013 Mia got her Kidney transplant from her mother at The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. Today we have great doctors who continue to see her every month to ensure her levels are on target and the kidney is protected.

Since the transplant, she has continued to grow and becomes more vocal with each day. Even though she does not speak, sit up, or even walk, Amelia is quite the adventurous kid. She gets around by spinning and rolling on the floor. She laughs and makes noises to get your full attention. The best part is when she reaches around with her arm and pulls you in to give you her signature headlock hug.

I thought long & hard of a way that Mia & I could give back. Being a divorced parent means it can be difficult to ensure each home has the necessary equipment, because insurance companies typically only give coverage for one piece of equipment at a time. If duplicates are needed, I need to purchase the equipment out-of-pocket.

Others are not as fortunate as I am, and do not have the financial ability to do this. I decided to partner with CHOP to start a fundraiser for families who need assistance with equipment, housing for long stays at the hospital or even travel expenses. 

Come skate with us on March 10th from 3-6pm at the Igloo. The ice time for this event was generously donated by The Igloo Ice Rink and Rocky Marvel. T-Shirts and printing were donated by Danny Gallagher of Modern Gear Signs and Apparel. For more information, click here.

Thank you,

Joe and Mia Rivera