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Wendy Pleau, wife of Blues' GM, returns to the rink

Sunday, 10.25.2009 / 4:02 PM / NHL Community
In hockey, success typically doesn't come without its fair share of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice.

The same can probably be said for life in general. Nobody really knows that better than Wendy Pleau.

In 2006, Wendy, the wife of Blues General Manager Larry Pleau, felt some pain in her back and assumed she had a kidney stone. Doctors instead discovered a tumor and diagnosed her with Burkitt’s, a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Over the next several months, Wendy would endure four sequences of chemotherapy, an aggressive form of treatment required for an equally aggressive type of cancer.

"Larry compared it to the (four rounds of the) Stanley Cup playoffs," Wendy said. "He kept me battling, along with friends, family, alumni, the fans, the team, just everybody. It was just amazing."

The chemotherapy was a success, and Wendy was presented with a cardboard cutout of the Stanley Cup for emerging victorious in her battle with Burkitt’s.

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