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I have decided to extend my Movember posts into the month of December or as my friend Tyler likes to call it “Decembeard”. Although the fundraising efforts of “Movember” are over as of tonight at midnight I feel there are still many stories that need to be heard. Some of which will make a grown man cry. Since I didn’t have as much time as I thought to do all 30 stories in the month of “Movember” you will get to see them through out the month of “Decembeard”. Thank you for your patience. Who knew being an Assistant Manager of a retail store during the holidays would be so time consuming? ;-)

Here’s a link list of the past Movember Blogs :)

Movember Madness

MOVEMBER TRIBUTE TO BRANDON DAVIDSON

MOVEMBER TRIBUTE TO KEVIN THOMAS NEFF

MOVEMBER SALUTE TO PHIL KESSEL

MOVEMBER SALUTE TO MARIO LEMIEUX

MOVEMBER TRIBUTE TO TONY CICCARONE

MOVEMBER SALUTE TO JOHN CULLEN

MOVEMBER TRIBUTE TO BLUE JACKETS #3

MOVEMBER SALUTE TO JASON BLAKE

MOVEMBER SALUTE TO SAKU KOIVU

MOVEMBER TRIBUTE TO LOUIS SCHMITZ

 

This year I was helping raise money with the Columbus Blue Jackets to help put an end to cancer. Please considering donating here. There is still time. Every penny helps.

Peace, Love, and Prayers

Elaine Grace <3

 

 

Every town has a legend. The type of person people talk about for years to come. The type of person who is oozing with so much greatness you can not help but become a better person. For the town of Farmington, Minnesota Louis Scmitz is that legend.

Louis Schmitz helped start Farmington’s first youth hockey league.  He also created the first girls hockey program three decades before it was recognized at a high school level . Not only did Schmitz create the program he also coached the girls for several years. Through out the course of his life Schmitz was inducted into two different hall of fames (Women’s Hockey Association Hall of Fame; Farmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame) and won four awards (Farmington citizen of the year, WCCO Good Neighbor Award, Don Clark Award, and the President’s award from the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association.) As you can see Louis Schmitz was a man of legendary proportions. Unfortunately like all men who lead extraordinary lives they have a tragic ending. Thanksgiving weekend 2011 Louis Schmitz was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Schmitz was able to make it through Christmas and say goodbye to his loved ones before his battle was lost on December 29th.

 

This year the Columbus Blue Jackets are raising funds for the fight against cancer. Please considering donating here. Every dollar helps put an end to cancer. If you don’t have the money to spare please spread this story around and help keep this man a legend.

 

 

At the beginning of the 2001-2002 season Saku Koivu boarded a plane and headed towards Montreal for the start of training camp. While on the flight Koivu began to have stomach pains. Shrugging the pain off he reported to practice where the symptoms became worse. Koivu talked to the team doctor and on September 5th was hospitalized. A biopsy surgery revealed that Koivu had a tumor and malignant cells in his abdomen. The doctors originally diagnosed him with stomach cancer but changed the diagnoses to non hodgkins lymphoma. Before the start of chemotherapy Koivu asked the media to respect his privacy and leave him alone. On April 9th 2002, Koivu returned to the ice where he was greeted with an 8 minute standing ovation from the crowd. The Canadians won that game and then went on to beat the #1 ranked Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

 

If it wasn’t for costly cancer treatments Saku Koivu wouldn’t be alive today. Please consider helping the Columbus Blue Jackets  in the fight against testicular cancer and donating here. Every little bit helps make a difference.

 

 

Three games into his first season with the Toronto Maple Leafs Jason Blake was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Through the next 79 games not only did Jason battle cancer he also battled depression. Telling reporters that he just wasn’t into it anymore.”It was just really difficult to comprehend the magnitude of it. I tried my best to move on and played 82 games, but deep down inside it took its toll on me. Physically, I lost 12 pounds in the first month on the medication. I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t a great person to deal with and I wasn’t always the best teammate over the years.” Even through all of this Jason was able to score 15 goals and 37 assists. At the end of the season Jason was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy. He currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.

 

This year I am working with the Columbus Blue Jackets to raise money for the fight against testicular cancer. Please take a moment and considering donating to the cause here. Every dollar helps.

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