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May, 2019

Why we are Warriors (Gittleman Family)

My Warrior Story

In August of 2017 my husband David passed away after a 6 year battle with cancer.  He left behind our two sons, Daniel and James.  Dave was an amazing father and husband who was so funny and passionate about life.  He loved sports in general, mostly his Red Sox and Steelers but nothing made him happier than watching his boys play hockey.  He spent the most of the weekends of the last year of his life trekking around New England watching youth hockey while in and out of the hospital. 

After Dave passed away, hockey became more difficult for our family in a lot of ways, emotionally, logictically…but I felt it was important to keep the boys involved in the sport their father loved to watch them play.  We were very lucky to receive a ton of support from our hockey community. 

And then I had the good fortune to become more acquainted with the Westchester Warriors organization and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.  I was aware of the hospital but didn’t know the history.  The Fareri family lost their 13 year old daughter and turned their grief into a commitment to create an amazing family centered hospital for children with cancer.  The story inspired me and I wanted to help.  But what I didn’t realize is how much being involved with Warriors would help me and the boys.  The boys get to play the sport they love, with great teammates and raise funds for pediatric cancer.  I get to watch them play the sport they love and I am so incredibly grateful for all of the amazing people I have met and old friends I have gotten to spend more time with as a result of my involvement with Warriors. 

We have done some really great things so far and I can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish…go Warriors!

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