NHL Referee Tim Peel recently sat down with NHL.com to talk about his participation in the Movember Foundation and why it is so important to him to be part of it.
Welcome to Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL Players’ Association and NHL as well as a program of the NHL and the NHL Foundation.
The campaign, which unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families, will feature ceremonies, observances and fundraising efforts throughout the month of November. All 31 NHL teams have designated one home game as their official Hockey Fights Cancer night, with unique programming and partnerships with local cancer organizations.
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Peel among referees to take part in Movember
Tim Peel, an NHL referee since 1999, is one of 19 on-ice officials taking part in Movember, a campaign in which men grow moustaches to raise cancer awareness. Here he shares with NHL.com why Hockey Fights Cancer is so important to him:
My mother Barbara Joyce Peel was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in December of 1989.
My mother had always been a healthy woman and enjoyed going for walks and playing golf. She was a wonderful mother to me and my older sister, Deborah. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas. We lived a very modest life and both of our parents worked so that my sister and I, who both played sports, could have everything we needed.
Christmases at our house were the best times in my life and I cry now thinking about these times, as Christmas would never be the same again with my mother fighting for her life with this deadly disease.
My mother received chemotherapy for the next year and it was extremely difficult and saddening to see the mother who once was a very hard working and proud woman become helpless to the disease that was stealing the life from her right in front of my eyes.
The last few months of my mother’s life was very difficult for my sister and I, as she was hospitalized and in and out of a coma a few times. We had received a few phone calls from the hospital leading up to my mother’s death telling us they did not think she would make it through the night. So my sister and I would rush to the hospital and she would live to fight another day.
But on Oct. 17, 1992 our lives would change forever. I was in Fredericton, New Brunswick and my sister called as she just received one of those calls from the doctors telling us they did not think my mother would make it through the night. She was at a hospital in Saint John which was an hour and a half away. I got in my car immediately and drove to Saint John arriving around 9 p.m.
I went into my mother’s room where my sister was sitting with her but at this time, I am not sure she knew we were there, but I like to believe she did.
A few hours later as me and my sister held her hands she took one last breath and passed away at the young age of 50.
Christmases in the future would become fun again for my sister and I as we both would have children and seeing their excitement makes everything good again.
But I would do anything to be able to share one more Christmas with my Mom!
Thank you for sharing my story.
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