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Searching for Mandi Schwartz’s Hero

Jaden Schwartz of the Tri-City Storm could hear his name being called in the first round during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on June 25.  Jaden is a forward with the Tri-City Storm, a USHL team and played 60 games in the 2009-10 season accumulating 83 points including 33 goals and 50 assists. He is the first player to do this since the 1982-83 season. Jaden was named to the USHL First All-Star team and the Offensive Player of the Year. Jaden possesses good hands which equals an elite scorer’s touch and he exhibits great courage by entering hard nose zones. Jaden will be playing at Colorado College next season with his brother Rylan. Being ranked 28 with the potential to go in the first round should be exciting news for any 18-year-old who has been playing hockey since the age of 2. And of course it is; but Jaden and his family have a more immediate, serious matter to deal with.

Jaden’s 22-year-old sister, Mandi, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2008. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a very progressive form of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and in most cases moves very quickly to the blood.  Mandi endured many rounds of chemotherapy and the cancer went into remission during the spring of 2009. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in April then went into remission again in June. Mandi needs to find a stem cell donor within 30-50 days.

Mandi is also a hockey player. She realized her love of the game at the age of 6 . Mandi was captain of the women’s team at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, before attending Yale University. Her teammates were crushed to learn she had this disease but when they went to visit Mandi, they couldn’t help but smile upon seeing her. Mandi is known for her quiet, humble nature and she is loved very dearly. Yale University has gone to great lengths in helping the Schwartz family get the word out about Mandi’s story. Yale immunologist, Dr. Tedd Collins, is also helping the search for possible donors. Bone marrow transplants are  risky for this type of cancer because it is hard to find a 100% match. One mismatched cell could cause Mandi’s body to reject the transplant. However, stem cells from the blood of umbilical cords can be used without being a perfect match. For best results, Mandi needs a donor from a  German-Ukranian-Russian heritage.

Mandi is at home in Wilcox, Saskatchewan and will travel to Seattle with her family when enough cord blood is collected for a transplant. Dr. Collins would like to collect blood from an additional 100 cords. 100 have already been obtained. You can help. You may not be a match but you can help spread Mandi’s story! You could be the person who knows the donor she needs to save her life. For more informationon Mandi, please visit http://www.becomemyhero.org/mandi_schwartz/mandi_card.htmlhttp://www.becomemandishero.net/  or http://www.onematch.com/ for information on how to become a donor.

Please pass Mandi’s story along and we will keep you updated on her situation. From all of us here at Chicks, we wish the entire Schwartz family all of the best.

  1. TommySauasage
    June 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I love this piece it’s insightful and touching!!!!

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