Anchorage Igloos C Jake Frost is a big believer in standing up for his teammates. This season, Frost has decided to put his money where his mouth – or rather his hockey stick – is. In support of LW Les Collins’ sister, Frost is giving $100 to the Lupus Foundation of America for every goal he scores.
Collins’ sister was diagnosed with the disease back in 2015. When that occurred, the winger wore purple armbands in solidarity with her, a gesture that initially drew a fine from the league until they discovered the meaning behind it.
The soft-spoken and intensely private Collins has been reticent to discuss his sister’s situation since then, but during the preseason, his teammates learned that her condition had worsened and she had to be hospitalized for a time. The Igloos wanted to do something to support her; they sent her a jersey signed by the entire team, and they recorded videos encouraging her during her treatment. But the Anchorage star decided that he wanted to do something more.
“Les is like a brother to me,” said Frost. “And although I’ve never met his sister, she’s family to me, too. And I want to support them any way I can.” He offered to help pay for the cost of the treatment, but Collins indicated that they were in good shape there. So instead, Frost decided to give to the Lupus Foundation.
According to their website, the Lupus Foundation of America is “devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.” The Foundation has raised over $80 million for lupus research and education, and they also host support groups for lupus patients and their families.
“I don’t need any extra motivation to score goals,” said Frost, “but it means a little more now, since I know that every time I score, I’m helping the fight [against lupus] too.”
Frost made his plan known to his teammates, but at Collins’ request he did not speak publicly about it. A team beat reporter found out, however, and Frost confirmed it for the record.
“One thing I want to make real clear, though,” said the Igloos star. “This is not a story about me. This is about Les and his sister. That’s what I’m doing this for. This is all about taking care of my hockey family.”
Collins said that he was deeply touched by the gesture. “It means a lot, you know, not just the money,” said the winger. “Knowing that Jake and everybody here has that support for [my sister], it’s more than I can say in words. We are a family here.”
Frost isn’t the only Igloos player to donate. Upon learning of the gesture, D Tony Citrone announced that he too would give to the Lupus Foundation… $500 for every fight. “I don’t score a lot of goals,” said Citrone. “But I do get in lots of fights, so this is better. Now when I’m punching a guy in the face, it’s also like I’m punching lupus in the face too.”