- The Americans will host a tailgate party outside the Allen Event Center on Saturday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Come join in the “FUN” which will include Street Hockey Games in the Dodies parking lot from 3-6 pm; a live performance by GoodNGone , a mixture of Texas Country and Southern Rock from 4-6 pm, featuring Allen Police Officer Jimmie Davidson; Bounce Houses; The Allen Americans Slap Shot Cage; a cookout with burgers and hotdogs with special guest chefs Craig Ludwig and Ed Belfour; a special appearance by the Ice Angels. I will be one of the guests at a live pre-game show from 3-5 pm with Americans Broadcaster Tommy Daniels. Stop by and say hi and let's talk some hockey!
I had a chance to talk to Adam Pineault at practice about his efforts to raise funds for his friend, 21 year old Martine Durelle, who is battling the same kind of cancer and treatment Monique Pineault has dealt with. I received the following email from Monique in which she describes what Martine is going through.
"Martine was diagnosed with Hodgkins last September. Biopsies came back inconclusive. In November, they found a tumor on her brain which she had removed and analyzed. The biopsy revealed that Martine had Non-Hodgkins (Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma). This is a treatable form of cancer with intense chemotherapy. In February, they found out that the chemotherapy was no longer working. She started a new chemo more aggressive which will prepare her for a bone marrow transplant. Martine has the same Oncologist as I did (Dr. Finn) and she will be going to the same hospital (Halifax Health Science Center - Victoria General) where I went. Because the province of New Brunswick doesn't have a transplant facility, patients are obligated to go to the province of Nova Scotia. This is where it gets expensive to pay for lodging, medications and meals! Martine had her own bone marrow preserved back in November so she doesn't need a donor (lucky!!). Martine is currently waiting for a bed to become available in Halifax for the transplant journey to start.
Martine worked as a train conductor for Via Rail Canada. She has since lost her license after she had a seizure because of the brain tumor. Now that the brain tumor is gone, she is waiting for the news to see if her license will be reinstated.
|Martine Durelle Fundraiser on Saturday|