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Rice fights cancer

Monday, February 11th

S. BURLINGTON - "I believe everyone in their life will endure a hardship that helps shape who they are. Some people don't realize this but it's the truth."

This is an excerpt from one of the last poem's written by Rice Memorial high school Freshman Emily Lyman, who lost her battle with Leukemia in December. Deep, impactful and full of life. These words tell a story of a beautiful soul taken too soon.

"She was someone who knew life was special and definitely lived it to the fullest.", said Rice sophomore Hailgh Byrnes.

"She affected so many people with her kindness and affection and I really do miss her.", added freshman Emma Forgione.

It's a story sophomore Zach McGinnis knows all too well as a childhood cancer survivor. But the always smiling teen never allowed the disease to define who he is or how he lived.

"I just need to keep fighting and if I keep doing that I'll win and maybe get to play hockey one day." , said McGinnis. "I look at myself as someone who serves as a role model to other kids with cancer. If they fight they can do anything."

Behind the stories of Emily and Zach and so many others in the Rice community, Green Hornet hockey nation decided to fight back. Sponsoring a hockey fights cancer fundraiser during this past weekend's games at Cairns Arena, with half of the event's proceeds going to the American Cancer Society in Emily's name.

"It's great that they played this game and awesome that they put this together.", said McGinnis.

We hope to be able to do this every year and hopefully donate more money to the American Cancer Society.", said event organizer Ruth Cousino.

Everyone in attendance was encouraged to wear purple, the national color of the fight against cancer. Because although this disease affects one person, it's a community that is in this together.

"Students, teachers, parents all came together for this cause. It shows you a lot about this Rice Community.", said Rice principle Monsigner Bernard Bourgeois.

"We came together to fight this cause and it means a lot. We fight for a win on the ice like Emily fought cancer. We appreciate life more now and cherish hockey as well.", added Rice sophomore Caroline Provost.

The teams raised about $1100 at that event, and they will have another on February 22nd.

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