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Fetch a mini-stick for Ranger at the Aud

Fans heading to Tuesday night's Kitchener Rangers game can purchase a National Service Dogs mini-stick to support the care and training of a dog sponsored by Rangers alum Donovan Sebrango
Kitchener Rangers alumni Donovan Sebrango and his mother Kim are helping to support the National Service Dogs program.

Fetch a stick, help a service dog.

Kitchener Rangers alumni Donovan Sebrango will have his presence felt at the Aud Tuesday night, through a fundraiser for the National Service Dogs program.

His mom Kim will be at the arena selling mini-sticks for $10, with all the proceeds going to support the care and training for Ranger, a dog Donovan is sponsoring.

"These dogs are doing amazing things," the defenseman said, "It's not just for brain injuries, they've got dogs for diabetes, they've got dogs for children, they've got dogs really for anything.  I think it's just incredible what they're teaching these dogs, and how these dogs can help people, including my mom."

Kim was involved in a crash on her way to the rink three years ago, and suffered a brain injury as a result.

When Donovan was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Draft, he immediately thought of ways to use his platform to help others, and National Service Dogs came to mind.

He became an ambassador for the program, and sponsored a puppy.

The first fundraiser saw the Sebrango's sell face masks, and they hit their goal of $1,500 raised.

The mini-sticks were donated by a friend of Kim's, and Donovan felt it was a great idea to sell them to get some awareness out there.

"(Ranger) is living right across from my old billet house," he said, "They've been keeping a close eye on him."

Kim and Ranger are expected to take part in the ceremonial puck drop ahead of the Rangers-Storm contest.

Pregame on CityNews 570 starts at 6:35 p.m.


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