The fight against blood cancer continues

By Matthew McCully

Calling all hockey fans. The Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser for Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital will take place this Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bishop’s arena. Four teams of friends, firefighters and plain old hockey fanatics will take the ice to help fund cutting edge research in stem cell therapy to treat blood cancer. The tournament is free and open to the public, and anyone interested in supporting the cause or just watching the games is welcome to attend. The tournament started last year after local firefighter Eric Mackeage, diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, received treatment at the Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital. When friends of Mackeage’s stepped up wanting to help, it was decided the best way would be to raise money to support the research that Mackeage believes saved his life. “I’m an experiment,” Mackeage said. Firefighters are at an increased risk of developing the type of cancer Mackeage was diagnosed with. See full story in the Thursday, Feb. 20 edition of The Record.

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