NORFOLK -- The Norfolk Admirals are making a power play against breast cancer.

The team's biggest goal for Saturday night's game is to raise money for the Tidewater Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For some players, the cause is personal.

'The first thing that pops in my headare my grandmas,' said Mark Parrish, whose grandmothers suffered through breast cancer.

One died before he was born; the other survived.

'I remember her being tired and exhausted, which was really different for me because my grandmother Mary lives life to the fullest and she's one of my best friends, she's fantastic,' he added.

Parrish's grandmother Mary had cancer when he was a child, long before his days on the ice at Norfolk Scope.

During 'Pink in the Rink' night Saturday, he'll be wearing a reminder of her.

'She actually gave me my necklace and I wear it every day,' he said. 'She's been able to stay breast cancer-free since then. It's been amazing for her to battle through it.'

On Saturday, there will be breast cancer information sessions, salutes to breast cancer survivors and an auction of hockey items.

As for turning the rink pink, Parrish says he can't wait to see it.

'It might be hard on the eyes staring down at the puck,' he admits.

Parrish says he's skating for Mary on Saturday night and hopes fans will come out to support this important cause.

This is the third yearfor 'Pink in the Rink,' making this a very important hat trick.

'I hope it not only raises a lot of awareness but hopefully for research. There's still a lot of fighting left to do and cancer in general is something that's going to be an ongoing battle for hopefully not too many years,' adds Parrish.

Last year, 7,595 fans packed Scope, just 800 shy of a sell-out.

Tickets for Saturday night's game are $12.00. Scope opens at 6:00 p.m. for the event.

To learn more, can contact the Komen Foundation at 490-7794.

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