For the past six weeks, the Hope Lodge of St. Louis has been Leonard Greene’s home away from home. The Grandview Missouri native has been staying there while he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer.
"The fact that you get the information or the diagnosis that you have cancer, and to have a resource like this available to you that’s one less issue you have to worry about," said Greene. "It has been a true blessing."
The Hope Lodge always has volunteers that donate their time, but today those volunteers were the St. Louis Blues.
"These guys signed up," said Blues owner Tom Stillman. "They wanted to do this. They’ve got pretty demanding schedules and they’ve got a lot going on, but they're here serving dinner and they’re hanging out (same with their wives or girlfriends) so it’s pretty great."
Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny were the players on hand, and they weren’t just serving meals, but serving up smiles.
"Anything that we can do to kind of like cheer 'em up for the day, or let them not worry about what’s going on, and let them enjoy their dinner," said Stastny. "I think it makes it worth it."
This night is a part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and spending time at the Hope Lodge is one way that the Blues' players and organization can give back to a community that they say supports them so much.
"The community is what makes St. Louis so special," added Stastny who played two years of high school hockey at Chaminade College Preparatory School right here in St. Louis. "That’s one thing that I’ve noticed since I was here and anytime we get a chance to give back we want to do it as much as we can."
The Blues will also host a Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Scottrade Center on Nov. 6. It's a home game against the Colorado Avalanche.