Mandi’s Heroes: Plant Your Seed and Make the World Better

April 4th, 2011 by BC ISLEMAN Leave a reply »
Everyone in the hockey world and beyond has been moved by the courage and faith of Mandi Schwartz. 

Today, we learned with sadness of her passing. Her suffering, beyond what most of us can comprehend, is over. She was 23.

Mandi played college hockey at Yale and her brother Jaden was a 2010 first round pick of the St. Louis Blues and a member of the Canadian World Junior team this year. 

Mandi suffered from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a particularly gruesome and fast acting disease, for which the five year survival rate is between 15 and 70 percent. The disease is characterized by the rapid accumulation of white blood cells in the bone marrow.

Mandi was first diagnosed in December of 2008 while playing at Yale. She went home to Saskatchewan and went through an intensive course of chemotherapy which put her in remission. She returned to Yale in January of 2010, intending to continue her hockey career.

Unfortunately, the disease returned a year ago this month. In September 2010, she underwent a stem cell transplant in Seattle and started to develop a new immune system.

The final blow came when she rela ...

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