Yale Hockey Player Mandi Schwartz Dies of Leukemia

April 4, 2011

The world of hockey and Yale’s Hockey Women’s team is mourning the death of their young player Mandi Schwartz, who at age 23 lost her battle to leukemia. Keep reading our story to know more about this tragic news and get to know more about the amazing person Mandi was.

Mandi Schwartz

Mandi Schwartz, the 23 year-old amazing player at Yale, was born in Wilcox in Saskatchewan, Canada. The first time she put her ice skates on was to practice figure skating, but soon hockey struck her and there was no turning back. In high school, she was one of the best players on the team and the object of admiration for her parents, Carol and Rick, her younger brothers Jaden and Rylen and her long time boyfriend and later fiancee Kaylem Prefontaine, who like her and her brothers play hockey.

Mandi got into Yale where she was going to get her economics major and where she quickly got onto the women’s hockey team, she was known among her teammates, classmates, teachers and coaches for her discipline, love for hockey, laughter and kind heart, they all felt her pain on December 8th, 2008 where she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

She stayed in the hospital for more than 4 months. While at the hospital she received three spinal taps, six bone marrow biopsies, blood and platelet transfusions and five rounds of chemotherapy, she was released in May of 2009 with a clean bill of health and returned to Yale in January 2010.

Just three months later during a routine checkup she found out her cancer was back and had to fly home again and start chemo treatment right away. She was in remission in June and doctors said she needed a stem cord transplant to survive. After weeks of trying to find the right match, there was news that two potential donors were found. Mandi was set to have her transplant on August 27, but then on August 11th, bad news hit Mandi for the third time, her cancer was back and there was no way for surgery.

On August 31st she was in remission and the stem cell transplant could be done, it took 32 minutes for doctors to do the transplant without any complications at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, at the University of Washington Medical Center on September 22nd. Recovery was coming with a very hard week ahead but a light of hope at the end.

On December 17 Mandi and her family received the cruelest news, the cancer had returned, she start treatment once again and continued the treatment at home, but in January after discovering the intensive treatment couldn’t put an end to her cancer she decided to stop the treatment.

Mandi Schwartz lost her battle to Leukemia at 1:35 PM ET on Sunday April 3rd, at her home in Wilcox. Se was surrounded by her beloved family and boyfriend. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her family, friends and all the people who love her throughout this difficult time. Mandi you are a fighter and your smile and love will be forever in our hearts. You can send Mandi’s family your condolences in the comments box below.

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