Fourteen-year-old Haylee of Rugby is pretty unstoppable on the ice. Even with the obstacles that have been thrown at her, Haylee has shown determination to continue playing. In October of 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 2a Hodgkin’s lymphoma with bulky disease. She went through four rounds of chemotherapy then 17 rounds of proton beam radiation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She was able to ring the bell to signify the end of her treatment in March of 2019. She now has check-ups every three months and scans every six months to ensure she is in good health. Because of damage done by chemo, Haylee will need heart surgery in an estimated 20 years.
Haylee’s checkups have gone well since her treatment ended. Her biggest challenge was losing her hair. That can be tough on anyone, especially a teenage girl. Her mom, Leann, said that Haylee “is doing great right now and has been getting her strength back. She is such a social bug. I can’t keep up with her and I think that’s amazing.”
Like was stated before, Haylee is unstoppable. Through all of her treatment, she managed to continue to play hockey on both of her teams as long as her platelet count was high enough. She has a true love of the sport and with the support of the Rugby area hockey enthusiasts, she kept her hopes high, fought like a warrior and came out on top.