Canada’s Jaden Schwartz Playing for Sister

No one can question the character and inner strength shown by Team Canada’s forward Jaden Schwartz who is on a mission to win gold at the World Junior Championships for his cancer stricken sister Mandi who is undergoing chemo sessions at the hospital in Seattle. Jaden Schwartz, who plays for Colorado College admits to finding it hard focusing all his attention on the tournament without thinking about his older sister. “It’s tough, but it makes me want to win it for her even more,” Schwartz said about his sister who was first diagnosed with leukemia a couple of years ago while a member of the Yale University women’s hockey team. “This is Christmas and it’s a time you want to be with your family, but I’m trying to keep my focus on the task at hand.” In September Mandi was given a stem-cell transplant after radiation and chemotherapy had a negative effect on her immune system. Recently the family was dealt a huge blow as the cancer returned to Mandi’s system. Besides for another round of chemotherapy Mandi is also being set up for a trial with an experimental drug. 29sports.com will be pulling for Jaden Schwartz to achieve that ultimate goal of winning and presenting her with the gold medal.

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