Team USA hockey player, cancer supporter

Written by Community Health Network on 2/10/2014 7:00:00 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues can be seen skating with Team USA in Sochi. But this hockey player is more than a puck-stopping defenseman, he is also a cancer supporter.

Shattenkirk recently learned that his former coach of the Devils Youth Hockey Club, Chad Dlugolecki, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia on January 2. Since learning of the diagnosis he's joined Dlugolecki's support team. He's even shown support of a website created to raise money to help fund the coach's hospital bills and treatment.

"Chad, he had me when I was right around 12-13 all the way up until I was about 16," Shattenkirk told St. Louis' "Just a great, great coach. Good motivator. Very passionate about the game and someone that always made the game fun when we were younger and I think that's a very important quality to have as a coach." 

Shattenkirk made a donation to his coaches fun, which led to a fan making another in the name of the Blues star. He is happy that people are actively supporting him and his former coach in the fight against cancer. 

"Hopefully it just takes a little bit of worry out of his mind and out of his family's mind and it can just allow them to focus on recovery. I think there's been a lot of support," said Shattenkirk. "It's just been a great, great effort and a quick effort that everyone's been making to really rally around Chad and help him out."

Just as Shattenkirk has rallied around his coach, Community Health Network rallies around our cancer patients. We have multiple ways for cancer patients in Indiana to get the support and assistance they need to win their battle with the disease.

Learn more about Community Cancer Care support below, and don't forget to watch Team USA Men's Hockey in Sochi.

Cancer support at Community Health Network
Cancer is a complex illness that affects a person not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. A diagnosis of cancer affects not only the person with the cancer, but also his or her family and friends. That's why we have a team of highly trained individuals who make up a patient's cancer care team. We also offer support groups for our patients. The free, professionally-led support groups let people challenged by cancer know they are not alone.

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To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cancer Network® certified physician at Community, call 800-777-7775 today!

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