The X-Men Football Team will Celebrate Light the Night in Antigonish on Oct 21st
My name is Sam Taylor, I am a Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor. In January 2022 at the age of 18 I had just accepted my admissions offer and my offer to play Football at St. Francis Xavier University. Things were falling into place, and I was excited to start my new journey at StFX. However, the path to X was not going to be that easy...the universe had different plans for me. On January 10, 2022, my world stopped when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma!
A quick series of scans, appointments and a picc line set me up for what my reality would be for the next 6 months of 2 cycles ABVD chemotherapy and 14 radiation treatments. But I had so many emotions and questions about what was to come; would I get to StFX? Would I be able to play football again? Would I survive this cancer? One of the toughest moments for me came when I had to call Coach Vandenheuvel and Coach Waterman to tell them I had cancer. I felt like I was letting them down but their response was exactly what I needed to hear, concerned first about me and my health and telling me that my focus needed to be on fighting cancer and they and the team were there to support me. I finished my treatment on June 14th, 2022 and am so thankful for the amazing Healthcare Teams that took care of me. I am now getting ready to start my 2nd year at StFX and am excited for what the future holds.
My reasons for getting involved and supporting LLSC is so that Patients can continue to get the information and education needed to help them in their cancer journey. I also want to support the research that goes into understanding blood cancers in the hopes that we can continue to reduce the number of Canadians diagnosed each year. This year I am supporting LLSC with my X Men Football teammates and hope you will consider supporting us!