Val Skelly and Melanie Briggs are pumped up to play the longest game of their lives.
The pair and 38 other women hockey players will take to the ice at Burnaby 8-Rinks for 242 hours straight to raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis. They are also attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous hockey game.
Skelly said she wanted to do something “epic and outrageous” to help raise awareness for the genetic disorder that destroys the lungs and digestive system of its sufferers.
“I had a friend who died at 27 of CF,” she said. “I told her before she died that I was going to do something big for CF … and this is what I came up with.”
They have already raised $75,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada to help fund research and extend the life expectancy of those with CF beyond the age of 37.
Skelly said Guinness rules allow a 10-minute break per hour during the marathon and prevent players from leaving the arena.
“We’re going to suck it up, I don’t care how much we’re hurting,” she said. “We need to remember why we’re doing it. We’re not going to walk away without finishing it.”
Briggs said she doesn’t know anybody with CF, but it didn’t stop her from joining a worthwhile cause.
“Ten days is nothing compared to giving somebody five more years of life,” she said.
The puck drops Friday and ends Sept. 5.