University of Calgary

Dinos

September 9, 2010

'Making Cuts'

Hockey forward Sinead Tracey was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last spring. Photo credit: David MollHockey forward Sinead Tracey was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last spring. Photo credit: David MollFor the University of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey team, a yellow practice jersey is a constant, vibrant reminder of injury. Players wearing amber are designated as ‘no-contact’ as they continue recovery while still practising with their teammates.

Sinead Tracey hated every second she had to wear one.

“Every practice, she tried to sneak onto the ice wearing a different colour,” laughs teammate Shannon Davidson. “And every day, [Coach Danielle] Goyette would have to send her back to the dressing room.”

Tracey missed the bulk of last season after breaking her collarbone—twice. She fought back tenaciously, making her way back onto the ice far sooner than anyone, including her doctors, predicted.

But Sinead’s newest challenge is much more serious. Last spring, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the most curable forms of cancer, but one that requires an aggressive treatment regime.

It’s a fight she’s ready for.

“She won’t stay down, and I would hate to play against her,” says Davidson. “I’m so glad she came to U of C so I could play with her because she will not lose. If you compete against Sinead, you’re not going to win.”

Don’t be surprised to see 30 plus women with shaven heads on campus this fall. The Dinos hockey team is supporting their teammate as she battles cancer by shaving their heads this Friday at KICKOFF. Photo credit: David MollTo demonstrate their support, Davidson and her Dinos teammates have organized the ‘Making Cuts’ fundraiser, with several students set to shave their heads to raise funds for cancer research.

“Recently she’s gone through her treatments and lost her hair,” says Davidson. “We wanted to do something to show that we all support her and are behind her and to raise money for others going through the same thing.”

The head shave, which starts at 5 p.m. during the tailgate party outside McMahon Stadium prior to Friday night’s Dinos-Regina football game, is about more than dollars. Davidson hopes it brings the Dinos community and the student body at large closer to each other.

“Other than the actual awareness of cancer, which is so close to everyone’s lives, we want to bring the athletics community together,” says the fifth-year forward. “We don’t have a lot of contact with a lot of the other teams, and we’d like to bring everybody together and show a united front, that our athletes are behind our fellow athletes.

“We all work hard for this school, we all want everybody else to do well, and we all want to be there for each other.”

Donations can be made online at http://convio.cancer.ca/goto/dinos.hockey or in person at the tailgate party Friday night at 5 p.m. in the McMahon Stadium parking lot.

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