Players and volunteers from Les Canadiennes hockey team were given a boost of motivation ahead of their annual Pink in the Rink game February 23rd following a visit to the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Breast Clinic.
Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Director of the MUHC Breast Clinic, toured the state of the art facilities with the group, showcasing the impact that fundraising has on patients and their families who are treated at the MUHC.
Les Canadiennes is committed to supporting the fight against breast cancer, and over the years the team has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.
“It’s an honour to be able to come here and witness everything that’s happening. To be able to raise money for the Breast Clinic, and to be able to help people, that why we do what we do,” says Les Canadiennes team Captain Marie-Philip Poulin.
Malia Morsly, one of Dr. Meterissian’s patients, was able to share her story with the players and volunteers. It was a very special moment for her and her family who were present. As she spoke from her hospital bed, Malia gave a human and personal account of the care she has received at the MUHC, helping to illustrate the care breast cancer patients receive at the Clinic.
Malia was diagnosed with a triple negative form of breast cancer last May, at 41-years-old. She carries the BRCA1 gene, which is why following her intensive chemotherapy she underwent a double mastectomy as both a form of treatment and prevention. She responded well to the chemo, and is now recovering from her surgery and waiting to hear the next steps in her treatment.
“I met angels at the Glen. My doctors, both oncologist Dr. Bouganim and surgeon Dr. Meterissian, are truly amazing, very human, and receptive. It is a very scary disease but they are very reassuring,” she says.
Malia is also thankful for the medical personnel and nurses who supported her during her chemo. She’s staying positive, and looking forward to continuing her journey to wellness.
“Going through this, you need a lot of patience and acceptance because it is out of your hands. You can’t control anything with this disease. I am just learning to be happy every minute I can,” Malia says.
The match will also feature unique collectors’ items in an online auction, of which all proceeds will go to the MUHC’s Breast Clinic Wellness Program.
“Everyone is affected by breast cancer in some way, a sister, a mom, a dad or whoever it may be. We’re playing hockey anyway, so to be able to use the game as a platform to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer patients is pretty incredible. It’s going to be a great time, we’re playing a great team, and we want the building loud, so come out!” says goalie Emerance Maschmeyer.