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May, 2019

Why we are Warriors (Bayha Family)

Cancer has touched everyone in some way. It took my father, grandmother, best friend and two beloved English Bulldogs. I managed to escape the clutches of breast cancer almost three years ago but, the specter of cancer is always in my thoughts. When might it return?, is a question always in a survivor’s mind.  The Westchester Warriors has given our family a way to fight against this terrible disease while doing something our son Cameron (Warrior’s 05) loves. The Warrior family is growing and giving a sense of community to all of us that enjoy the sport of hockey. It allows our children to lend a special meaning to sports and give us all a sense of purpose. We are all so lucky to have our health when so many do not, especially children. Being able to embody the motto “We play for you” is so important to bring us back to the basics of being human. Our children need to learn to love others before themselves. Allowing them to listen to children their age who have struggled with cancer and can’t play sports because they spend their time battling disease has been a special gift. Parents and children learn to be humble and grateful for every moment we have together, on ice and off. 

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