The Fourth Annual Guns and Hoses hockey game hits the ice Saturday, when the Spokane Police Department faces off against Spokane County Fire District 9, with proceeds going to benefit the American Children's Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest.
On Wednesday, some of the players from both teams took off the gloves, laid down their sticks and paid a visit to some very adoring fans. Days before the big game firefighters and policemen made a big difference in those kids lives by stopping by Sacred Heart's Children's Hospital to say a lot of very special children.
Kayden was the first little boy they paid a visit to and while he might have looked less than thrilled during the visit his mom Ashlie Penland had the real story.
"He got all excited and, yes, yes, then you guys came in and he shut down," she explained.
A tough guy, Kayden only showed how excited he was once everyone left his room.
"He did as soon as you guys walked out he got a big old smile again," Penland said.
Each kid was made an honorary cop and firefighter during the hospital visit.
The American Children's Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest does some wonderful work and these humble public servants were more than happy to be a part of that, and do what they can to help out.
"Any little bit helps to each family when they are traveling expenses or hospital expenses or simple things such as clothing," firefighter Bobby Tobiason said.
Each year this hockey game has happened it's benefited someone with cancer; last year it was former Spokane firefighter John Knighten. This year they wanted to reach out to families they had no connection with.
"It feels so good to actually see other people care, not just the immediate family for the children," Penland said.
"It's heartfelt," Tobiason said. "I am a dad so I can only imagine what these parents are going through and just to put a smile on their face I am sure that helps their parents know that there is sunshine on the horizon."
The Guns and Hoses game is this Saturday May 3 at the Eagles Ice Arena. The puck drops at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and kids under 12 get in for free. All proceeds go towards the American Children's Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest.