Our mission was born out of our own experiences with cancer and the way it has affected our friends and family. The lessons we've learned as survivors, caregivers and supporters drive our passion and dedication.
Lori Ann Romig
Lori Ann Romig (Russo), born July 7th, 1965, passed away Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her final moments were spent in the company of friends and family, surrounded by support and love. Lori fought a nearly 15-year battle with cancer – throughout which she showed amazing grace, courage and strength and was an inspiration to us all.
As the wife of our Chairman, Timothy Romig, she was the inspiration for the creation of Face Off With Cancer. Despite her own challenges with cancer treatments and the symptoms of her brain tumors, Lori volunteered at several Face Off With Cancer events to help promote our mission of supporting other families that were facing the same.
Her kindness and compassion will be missed, but her legacy will live on in her family and the lives that she touched through teaching and the work we do in her name.
In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
It is a disease that touches all of us, and for some it hits home a little harder than others. It is this universal truth combined with our own personal experiences with cancer that drives us to step up to it in the faceoff circle.
The number of registered amateur hockey players in the US has grown 166% over the last 25 years (from 195,125 players in the 1990-91 season to 519,417 in the 2013-14 season.
With the recent successes of the local professional hockey teams and the relocation of multiple minor league affiliate teams to the Sunshine State, hockey in Southern California has never been more popular. Participation levels are soaring in both youth and adult leagues.
But, on a more personal level, the time spent playing hockey is better than any therapy session money can buy. The camaraderie and support we have received from our local hockey community makes us think of them more as family. And this is a family that we want to give back to as they fight their own battles with cancer.
How It All Came Together
Having been an active member in several cancer fundraising events in the past, co-founder Timothy Romig imagined an opportunity to bring a level of awareness and participation to a community of individuals who had already supported his previous fundraising efforts...the local Ice Hockey community.
With the help of a fellow teammate and family friend, Ryan King, the collection of ideas being exchanged over a table at the local watering hole quickly became the beginnings of Face Off With Cancer.
The 'Face Off With Cancer' was originally envisioned as a single event for raising funds to donate to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life. However, after an overwhelming outpouring of support from the local hockey community and businesses, it has since evolved into a non-profit public benefit corporation that runs multiples events a year in support of its mission.