A sophomore hockey player for the Alaska Nanooks has been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The disease will force Justin Woods, who is an incoming sophomore in Fairbanks, to miss the entire 2014-15 hockey season.
“Although I am missing the 2014-15 season, I am very lucky for this to have been caught early,” Woods said in a news release. “My doctor promised that I would play hockey again, so I am holding on to that with my life while going through this long process of treatments.”
“Justin is a very focused and determined young man and it is a pleasure to work with him,” added Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson.
“Although this is a battle he has not seen before, I know he will have the same determined approach to successfully complete his treatments. Our focus will be in supporting Justin and his family any way we can to ensure he returns to Fairbanks healthy.”
Woods appeared in thirty-three games as a freshman last season, with six points coming on a goal with five assists also to his name. Thirty-six blocked shots in thirty-three games put Woods up over the one shot block per game threshold last season.
Anyone that is wishing to make a donation to the Woods family can do so by clicking here or can visit the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union where fans can donate and ask for account No. 155826 under the name Colang and Woods.
(Note: Attached to this story is a video from the Mayo Clinic describing Ewing's Sarcoma.)