Three years ago I thought to myself how can I bring diabetes and hockey together. It would be a match made in heaven if I could some how bring the two together, hockey is a great sport but not to many people are hockey fanatics. Diabetes is a lot like hockey, it is a great disease but a lot like hockey not to many people get the ins and outs that make the disease unique. I thought to myself why not try a Shutout Diabetes partnership, for every shutout a set amount of money would be donated to a diabetes foundation. I thought my idea was amazing and that it would be like breast cancer awareness that the NFL does in October. I imagined watching a Boston Bruins versus New York Rangers game on NBC and hearing Kenny Albert talking about the Shutout Diabetes Campaign.
I quickly realized that things would not be that easy. For two years I worked tirelessly to try and make this dream a reality but time after time all I would hear is "that is a great idea but..." then I would get some reason that a sports team or business could not pursue a partnership. In this time I shed a lot of tears and every time I wanted to give up Leanne was right there to tell me "If you want something bad enough you will find a way, don't give up" As I started to speak publicly about my personal fight against diabetes I would throw in my idea about a hockey and diabetes partnership, I promised people that by 2013 I would make this dream a reality. In October of 2011 I met a gentleman by the name of Jamin Reda, I didn't know it at the time but Jamin would be one of the best friends I have ever had. Without Jamin my dream would have been just that, a dream.
For months Jamin and I would meet and discuss ways to make the partnership happen. This past May the partnership dream began to become a reality, Jamin and I were able to setup a meeting with the Worcester Sharks and Wicked Wines. For five months we would meet once or twice a month to iron out all of the details of the partnership. At the beginning of December all of the details of the partnership were set. I have received 100 tickets from the Worcester Sharks that I will be donating to families in central Massachusetts area that have children living with diabetes. With the tickets I hope to bring children living with diabetes together, I hope to see two families sitting together at each Sharks home games becoming friends because they are able to talk to one another about how diabetes plays a part in their life. The Worcester Sharks and Wicked Wines have been amazing while we worked on this partnership. The people of Wicked Wines have done so much to make this happen and I can't thank them enough for the donations they have made to help in finding a cure for diabetes. The Worcester Sharks have been amazing as well, the Sharks organization is one of the best in professional sports. They have done so much and are excited to be a part of the fight against diabetes.
My little office at home has become a little bit of a Worcester Sharks museum, I have a Sharks hockey Stick and the sign below hangs above my desk and serves as a motivator every time that I see it. I'm a huge believer in dreams, they may not be the easiest thing to realize but as Leanne always says "If you want something bad enough you will find a way, don't give up"