St. Louis Blues’ rookie Left Wing, Jaden Schwartz (#9), has chosen to give back to some of the youth who are part of the junior A hockey team, Notre Dame Hounds, based out of Wilcox, Saskatchewan and part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Jaden Schwartz has volunteered to coach the Hounds during their Dream a Dream 17 game on August 17, 2013, in Fort McMurray, all for a cause that is close to his heart.
The Hounds will face off with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) at the Casman Centre. The two teams will challenge each other for the first time, while trying to raise awareness and charitable funds for the fight against cancer. The inspiration behind this charitable event is the memory of Jaden Schwartz’ late sister, Mandi Schwartz, who lost her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in April 2011.
Proceeds raised during this important event will be forwarded to the local cancer society, as well as the Mandi Schwartz Foundation and the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary. Founders of the Dream a Dream organization will help co-organize the event.
Mandi Schwartz was a fantastic athlete who attended high school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. After graduation, she accepted a full academic and athletic scholarship to Yale University. She enjoyed playing two seasons with the Yale Bulldogs’ hockey team. During her tenure at Yale, she was diagnosed with AML.
Bone marrow drives were organized throughout Canada and the United States, in hopes to finding a match for Mandi. The events resulted in record turnouts, as well as several matches to multiple registered patients awaiting a marrow transplant. However, after a courageous and inspirational effort, she lost her battle with the disease.
For those who attend the game in August, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about becoming possible donors and determine if they are a match for someone in need that are registered with the OneMatch bone marrow registry. Help save someone’s life with just one single cheek swab.
Jaden Schwartz is a talented Left Wing rookie who has won over the hearts of all of us Blues fans this season, so we have no doubt that he will do an impressive job in August while coaching the Hounds during their fight against the Oil Barons. Our hearts go out to Jaden and his family, as they try to help others in need by bringing cancer awareness to the public, raise funds for the foundations created in Mandi’s memory (as well as other organizations) and express how important it is to become a bone marrow donor to help save those whose lives are hanging in the balance, while waiting to find a match for a marrow transplant.
To learn more about this event, please feel free to visit the website, www.dreamadream17.com. To follow the latest news or donate to a worthy cause, you may visit the Mandi Schwartz Foundation’s website at www.mandi17.org. Help the fight against cancer and make a difference in someone’s life.