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TRAGIC: Brendan Gallagher has just announced terrible news

Published March 3, 2024 at 6:42 PM

It's always easy to criticize a player, but it's always important to remember that there are so many things we don't know about the athletes we see on the ice.

We have just learned that Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher is currently going through a very difficult time. We are thinking of him strongly.

Gallagher's mother is ill

As just reported by the site DansLesCoulisses, Brendan Gallagher and his family are currently experiencing difficult times. The mother, Della, is currently fighting brain cancer.

On Instagram, Bree Gallagher, Brendan's sister, has put a link in her biography that allows raising money for brain cancer research.

The link is right here:

Their goal is $2000, and we obviously encourage you to support them and send them positive vibes. They need us, they need support.

Della is specifically troubled by glioblastoma, and has been for two summers. We're talking about a serious tumor that multiplies very quickly and is extremely unpredictable.

My Mom's Story

Two summer's ago, I was a varsity soccer player at the University of Calgary. Our team had been a part of a pre-season tournament in St. Albert, Alberta. With 5 minutes left in the first half of our game, I was pulled off the feild to be told that my mom had suffered a seizure while driving and had been rushed to a hospital in Lloydminister. We were both coincidentaly close to Edmonton at the time, and I was the first one to see her unconscious, and hooked up to a machine that was keeping her alive. Days later my mom was diagnosed with a stage 4 Glioblastoma, and we were told that there was nothing they could do about it.

Glioblastoma's are a poorly understood, fast growing, unpredictable form of Brain cancer that have a high rate of reoccurance. They are incredibly difficult to treat, and in Canada the options are limited. We lack the resources and funding required to study them, and many patients are limited to a surgery (if possibly), chemotherapy and radiation. The prognosis for a Glioblastoma patient according to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is 14.6 months.

One hour your texting your mom you love her before your game, and the next your finding out you have 14.6 months left with her. We were all terrified.

Our family was extremely fortunate, and had the opportunity to take my mom to the KECK Medical Centre at the University of Southern California. I can't express how grateful we are for the unbelievable care she has received at this institution. My mom is tough as nails, and has recieved surgery, various radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and has been involved in several clinical trials. Above all, my mom has been given the remarkable opportunity to fight.

"According to the Canadian Brain Tumour Foundation, the life expectancy of a person diagnosed with this type of tumor is just over 14 and a half months."

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