Winnipeg hockey players are rallying together to try and help Mandi Schwartz win her battle with leukemia.
Schwartz, a 22-year-old from Wilcox, Sask. who has been playing hockey for Yale University, has acute myeloid leukemia and her only hope to survive is to find a 10-point match in the very near future.
With that in mind, a 3-on-3 charity hockey tournament — billed as Match4Mandi — begins Tuesday and is being held at The RINK Training Centre.
Part of the goal is to help raise funds and awareness, but in a perfect world, there is a hope one of the people attending the event might actually be the donor.
“It is important to me because as players and people we have the opportunity to raise awareness and organize an event like this one with one goal in mind, to ultimately help save lives,” said Manitoba Moose forward Kevin Clark, who was the driving force behind the event. “Mandi is such a driven individual and her courage has inspired everyone to work together to help save her life because she won’t stop fighting until she beats it.
“It is amazing to see the hockey community across North America come together for one individual in order to help save Mandi’s life and create awareness for others who are in need of a stem-cell transplant.”
At the conclusion of the two-day 3-on-3 tournament on Wednesday, a group of local pros will go head-to-head in a celebrity game.
Among those suiting up in the contest are Eric Fehr of the Washington Capitals, Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils, Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings, Dustin Boyd of the Montreal Canadiens and Andrew Murray of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For those who don’t participate in the tournament, tickets for the celebrity game will be $12. Aside from the hockey game, there will be raffle prizes and silent auction items up for grabs.
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